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.
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