European groups support the Global Campaign on Military Spending. Kindly click on the image to read the statement.

Global Day of Action on Military Spending – Cut the Nukes!

On the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (April 14) call on governments and parliaments to cut the funding for Nukes!

Approximately US$100 billion per year is spent on nuclear weapons and their delivery systems (See Global Zero: The cost of nukes). These resources are sorely needed for education, health, job creation, environmental protection (including preventing climate change) and supporting sustainable development. Nuclear weapons spending thus impacts negatively on all countries and the world as a whole – not only the ones with nuclear weapons programs.

What would you choose to spend the nuclear weapons budget on? Make your choice at Cut Nukes not…

Non-nuclear countries:

  • Urge your governments and parliaments to call on the nuclear weapons countries to reduce nuclear weapons spending and redirect this funding towards sustainable development. An example is the resolution adopted in the Bangladesh Parliament introduced by PNND Co-President Saber Chowdhury, on 5 April 2010 (anniversary of President Obama’s Prague Speech), noting that “that the $100 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons should be channelled instead towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals as well as the urgent climate change adaption funding needs of the most vulnerable countries.”
  • Call on your governments and parliaments to divest public funds from any nuclear weapons corporations as New Zealand and Norway did a few years ago (See Nuclear Divestment), and Switzerland has done more recently with the Federal Act on War Materials;
  • Encourage friends and colleagues to ‘Don’t bank on the Bomb’.

Nuclear armed countries:

  • Encourage your parliamentarians to cut the budgets for nuclear weapons. Examples:

o   USA: Get your congressperson to support the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE Act), introduced into the Senate by PNND Co-President Ed Markey, co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley. Companion legislation has been introduced in the House by Representative Earl Blumenauer;

o   UK – Encourage your parliamentarian to support the Early Day Motion on cost of the Trident replacement (£25billion) calling on the government to scrap such plans.

The background to the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act introduced into the US Senate by Senator Ed Markey, Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament can be found  at Senator Ed Markey introduces the SANE Act during the PNND Assembly.

 

Other background on nuclear weapons spending:

  • Arms Down Campaign: In 2009, over 20 million youth endorsed the Religions for Peace Arms Down Campaign statement, calling for a ban on nuclear weapons and redirection of 10% of the world’s military budget (a little bit more than the nuclear weapons budget) to meeting UN Millennium Development Goals.

Nobel laureate wants India to cut military spending

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez today emphasised the need to cut military spending by nations including India so that more money could be spent on development, education and health.

“The world is spending 1.75 trillion dollars on arms and ammunition. Poor countries of the world do not need to spend that much. India is one of the biggest importers of arms. There is need to cut the military spending by all the countries,” he said.

“However, neither exporters nor importers of arms want to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty that seeks to regulate the international trade in arms,” he said during a meeting with Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan here.

Sanchez, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1987 for his efforts to achieve a lasting peace in Central America, is currently on a visit to India under the Distinguished Visitors’ Programme. The visit is being hosted by Indian Council for Cultural Relations of the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

Sanchez told the Governor that he had introduced the Arms Trade Treaty in the United Nations in 2009.

He rued that only 11 governments out of 80 had ratified the Treaty, and added that it would come into force only if it was ratified by 50 states, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.

Costa Rica, which has a population of 4.5 million, does not have its own army, Sanchez said while he was all praise for India’s democracy.

Click here to read the complete article published in Business Standard, India.

War Resisters’ Stories, March 2014: Support our work countering the militarisation of youth

War resisters’ International has published the March 2014 edition of Newsletter titled War Resisters’ stories. It features their new campaign that is launched to crowdfund for the next stage of their work countering the militarisation of youth. The other articles in this edition are

- 14 April: Global Day of Action on Military Spending

- The movement for Druze refusers in Israel

- Insumisión: 25 years of disobedience

- Nonviolent resistance in USA, Belgium, Britain

Click here to read the complete stories.

Join the National Call-In Day –Tuesday, MARCH 25 — to Reduce Nuclear Weapons Spending

The WAND ( Women’s Action for New Directions)  team urges its activists to join the national call-in day to reduce spending on nuclear weapons.

On February 27, companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would cut $100 billion in wasteful spending on nuclear weapons over 10 years.  In the Senate, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced S. 2070, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act and in the House, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced H.R. H.R.4107, the Reduce Expenditures in Nuclear Infrastructure Now (REIN-IN) Act.

On Tuesday, March 25, join activists around the country for a National Call-in Day to reduce wasteful nuclear weapons spending! Call your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask them to co-sponsor these bills!

Your Members of Congress need to know that you won’t tolerate excessive spending on 20th century weapons when human needs continue to go unmet.

On Tuesday, March 25 please call your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to support S. 2070 and H.R. 4107!

Responsible cuts to the nuclear weapons budget will enhance the security of our nation.  These cuts will free up money in the budget for more important national priorities.