GDAMS 2017: Events
UK: Taxes for Peace
24th of March 2017
GDAMS Supporter Conscience have a new date for their Taxes for Peace Bill, it is rescheduled for the 24th of March 2017! In preparation, they have a public meeting at Friends House, Euston Road on 27 February 7 – 9 pm.
Italy: Presentation of the 1st Italian report on Military Expenditures
15th February 2017
On the 15th of February the Observatory on Italian military expenditures presents to the Parliament its firs report on the Italian military expenditures. In this report there is also a focus by Pere Ortega of the Centre of Peace Studies J. M. Delás on Spanish military expenditure. For the year 2017 Italy has destined around € 23,3 million to the military expenditures, equal to over 64 million € a day. In comparison to 2016 a light increase is recorded. These are some of the data contained in the Report Milex 2017 on the Italian military expenditures. The expenditure grows instead for the weapons justified by struggle to the terrorism, to contrast the immigration and crime.
India: Rural Development & Youth Training Institute
Four Workshops, Two Village Rallies and Group Meetings
Kenya: Disarmament Congress 2017
18th to 20th April 2017
18th to 20th April
Germany: Easter Peace March
8th to 15th April 2017
Berlin, Potsdam, München, Stuttgart, Münster, Gronau, Jena, Lübeck, Chemnitzer, Braunschweig, Bielefeld, Bruchkoebel, etc.
GDAMS 2017, April 18th – 28th
Times change, and with them, our reactions to events. Here is the latest news about the Global Campaign on Military Spending:
1. The dates: This year’s Global Day/GDAMS will not in fact be a day but a fortnight! It will be held from April 18th – 28th. On the 24th, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) will publish the global military expenditure figures for 2016, together with its analysis of the trends. The 18th is Tax Day in the USA, a traditional moment in the calendar for civil society to challenge the uses put to public money. Those ‘Global Days’ offer our participants more scope to choose a suitable moment to organize events that fit local or national contexts. As usual, IPB will publish all events that are notified to us as being within the GDAMS framework.
2. The context: There are plenty new reasons to renovate our call for a cut on military spending. We are increasingly immersed in a world that is based on divisive rhetoric, hate speeches and xenophobic thinking that lead the world in a separation between good and evil and support the on-going military campaigns – and the increased budgets to support them. We are also facing a situation where the newly elected US president is signing amendments that increase the military budget and deny human rights; Europe is planning to fund research for military goods which the current proposal for a fully-fledged European Defence Research Programme (EDRP) amount to 3,5 billion EURO. Moreover the deterioration in China-US ties, with a particular emphasis on maritime security, makes the world even more dangerous. Nevertheless there are large sections of the population who have serious doubts about the wisdom of the policies of this time.
For all those reasons we urge our partners to reach out as widely as possible to other sectors of civil society, to draw in support for our message, and to help organise really effective GDAMS events.
3. The committee: We have re-convened the International Steering Committee that has worked successfully over the past few years in helping the IPB Secretariat with the coordination. The international campaign coordinator for this year will be the Centre Delas for Peace Studies in Barcelona.