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.
On 5 April 2016, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs issued a statement for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending:
‘….As the Secretary-General has aptly summarized, “Bloated military budgets promote proliferation, derail arms control, doom disarmament and detract from social and economic development”…On this Global Day of Action on Military Spending, we call on government leaders to remember their commitments under the UN Charter and reassess their country’s security needs. We encourage them to consider shifting priorities and resources further towards social, economic and human development. We ask them to recall the importance of showing transparency to boost mutual confidence. Finally, we urge them to take into account the full possibilities of creating sustainable security through non-military means’. FULL TEXT
Geneva, 5 April 2016
Today sees the start of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (April 5 – 18), when the International Peace Bureau and its partners around the world focus on the excessive military spending of the world’s governments. This morning the latest global military spending statistics (for the year 2015) were released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
According to the figures, world military expenditure last year reached $1,676 billion (USD), an increase of 1 per cent in real terms from 2014. The increase reflects continuing growth in Asia and Oceania, Central and Eastern Europe, and some Middle Eastern states; and a decline in spending in Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The United States remained by far the world’s biggest spender in 2015, despite its expenditure falling by 2.4 per cent to $596 billion. Among the other top spenders, China’s expenditure rose by 7.4 per cent to $215 billion, Saudi Arabia’s grew by 5.7 per cent to $87.2 billion – making it the world’s third largest spender – and Russia’s increased by 7.5 per cent to $66.4 billion.