GDAMS 2014 Reports

The pressure for change is rising…that was the conclusion drawn at the end of the fourth edition of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), held on 14-15 April 2014. This year’s programme featured around 135 actions in 25 countries, including an extraordinary range of imaginative events: from rallies and distribution of flyers, to petitions, to ‘penny polls’ and other variations, to selfies and twitter campaigns, to tree-planting, sea actions, infographics, and much more. The events were held in a rural village in Rajasthan, in an urban settlement area in Manila, in a school in Canada, in a boat in the Suez Canal, at rapid transit stations in California, at the parliament office in Kenya, and in a Roman stadium in Italy, and in cyberspace…. and many other locations.
Message from the Coordinators: Many thanks for joining the GDAMS global movement by organising and participating in so many actions all over the world to persuade governments to cut military spending  and move the money to urgent human needs. All of your efforts and support are much appreciated! Below are the events as they happened in each region:
International  |  Africa  |   Asia and Pacific  |  Europe  |   Latin America  |  North America
You can also view more photos on the GDAMS Facebook page. We will be adding more reports and photos of GDAMS actions as we receive them, so please send us your photos to the IPB GDAMS Team if you haven’t done so yet.

IPB Actions
Here at IPB, we have also been busy adding our voices to yours. On 14 April, we organised a seminar in Geneva which attracted the participation of many NGO representatives and others. The goal was to draw attention to the latest statistics released by SIPRI and to discuss ways to take action in order to favour the reallocation of military expenditures to social and environmental programmes.

IPB Alfred de Zayas (OHCHR), Helen Wilandh (SIPRI), Farha Bhoyroo, Malte Albrecht, Colin Archer
The speakers were:

  •  Michael Møller, Acting Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Acting Director-General UN Office at Geneva
  • Colin Archer, Secretary-General, International Peace Bureau, and Coordinator, Global Day of Action on Military Spending
  • Prof. Alfred de Zayas, UN Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
  • Helen Wilandh, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI (see powerpoint)

Moderator: Jarmo Sareva, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch

GDAMS is not over!
IPB GDAMS team had launched a selfie campaign to create public awareness about how the money spent in global military budget could be reallocated to various human needs. We have received numerous selfies with people  from  all regions participating in this campaign and expressing their opinion on the alternative usages of money. Visit this page to view them.
Also, an online survey was launched on the question ‘what do want $1.75 trillion US for? ‘ for supporters to pick  their choices on how they would reallocate the amount of $1.75 trillion US, that is currently being spent for military purposes. Click here to see the results of the survey.
Another initiative that was successfully launched was GDAMS thunderclap titled ‘ GDAMS Move the Money ‘ on April 14, 2014. It was an online flashmob amassing around 118 supporters with a social reach of 143,480 with the key message ‘Cut military spending, fund human needs’ that was sent out to coincide with GDAMS day. View Thunderclap page for more information.