This year’s IPB’s GDAMS Geneva seminar, held on 6 April, served also as a prepcomm for the Berlin Congress. The programme included 4 presentations, mainly on humanitarian financing and civil-military coordination, and was followed by a short IPB film about alternatives to violence in dealing with terrorism. The discussion raised important issues about the role of the military and its financing. See full report here.
18th April marked the end of the 6th (2016) edition of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending. Once again, many creative actions have been organised, and we have reached both the general public and more specialist audiences with our ‘Move the Money’ message. Seminars were organised in Belgium, Geneva, Nairobi, Oslo….Street actions in London, Sydney, outside the UNHCR headquarters, in Indian villages, and all over the USA. Surveys, petitions and street polls were conducted in Catalonia and UK. Press communiques and statements were published by the United Nations, in Italy, in Brussels and by the IPB itself. And there is more…
To see the complete list of events (map + reports and photos etc as they come in), go to: http://demilitarize.org/find-an-event/
For a quick overview, see the photo-gallery at :https://www.flickr.com/photos/intlpeacebureau/sets/72157666843010506/with/25704587893/
Over the coming days and weeks we will be collecting up all the reports in order to create a fully up to date listing – and to put together a Final Report.
Please send us your materials! Photos, videos, interviews, press coverage…whatever you have, in whatever language!
A big thank you —- and congratulations to all those involved.
Best of luck for continued campaigning.
In this video made by the International Peace Bureau interns in February, students and scholars discuss how we can tackle ISIS through non-violent means. It is part of a broader research we undertook via an opinion survey we conducted in French, Swiss and UK universities, in collaboration with Prof. Ould Mohamedou (Geneva Graduate Institute) who also offers his insights on the matter. The film was first shown at the seminar organised by IPB in Geneva on April 6, as part of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending.
The IPB team took the message onto the street on the opening day of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending. We unfurled a huge banner outside the headquarters of the UN High Commission for Refugees. For once this was not a scene-of-the-crime protest, but rather a message of support: let’s increase the resources available for humanitarian efforts by moving money from the military! It rained that day, but the wet weather did not dampen our spirits….see photo-gallery here.