IPB announces GCOMS at the 14th Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Rome

 

IPB was represented at this year’s Summit by Secretary-General Colin Archer and Board member Lisa Clark.  Mr Archer spoke to a packed auditorium on the 4th panel, entitled ‘Living Peace, Reconciling Communities.’  His announcement that the Global Campaign On Military Spending (GCOMS) had been launched on Human Rights Day, 10 Dec  was warmly applauded.
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‘I refuse to accept that the world is so poor, when just one week of global spending on armies is enough to bring all of our children into classrooms.’

 

Let Us Globalise Compassion, and Set Our Children Free

Nobel Lecture by Kailash Satyarthi, Oslo

(My dear children of the world…)

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, dear brother Tom Harkin, brothers and sisters, a and my dear daughter Malala.

From this podium of peace and humanity, I am deeply honoured to recite a mantra from the ancient texts of wisdom, Vedas.
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Armenia’s defense spending this year will amount to 200 billion drams

YEREVAN/ ARKA /. Armenia’s defense spending this year will amount to 200 billion drams, President Serzh Sargsyan said today in his address to the 7th congress of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia

He recalled that the military budget in 1995 was 19.1 billion drams, in 2005 it surged to 64.4 billion drams and in 2014 it will reach 200 billion drams.
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Iran to hike military spending despite lower oil prices, sanctions

(Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will hike military spending by more than a third in the next fiscal year despite presenting a “cautious, tight” budget to parliament on Sunday in response to falling oil prices and punishing sanctions arising from the country’s disputed nuclear program.

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House Passes $585 Billion Defense Budget For 2015

By Christopher Harress

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a combined version of National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 that will see defense spending set at $585 billion for 2015. After a bipartisan vote of 300-119, the legislation will now head to the Senate, where it is expected to be voted on next week. The equivalent figure for fiscal 2014 was $615 billion.

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