– DMZ Forum Peace Movement Session

21 May, international forum hosted by the local government.

Disarmament and Human Security
The world spent an astronomical amount of $1,917 billion(2.377 quadrillion in KRW) of military spending in 2019 which is 2.2 percent of the world’s GDP. It is increasing arms trade and arms production day by day. Military spending of South Korea is also the same. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis are asking us what “security” should be to protect the earth and humanity. The world has spent astronomical amounts to prepare for war, but it has lost the opportunity to respond to what actually threatens human safety.

In this session, we will look at current levels of military spending globally from a critical perspective and discuss disarmament and the need to change the concept of security.

Time : 15:10 pm – 16:30 pm (Seoul Time), 06:10 am – 07:30 am (UTC), 02:10 am – 03:30 am (EST) on 21 May 2021
Simultaneous Korean-English interpretation will be provided

Moderator : Yongsuk LEE (Activist, World Without War)
Presenter 1. Jordi Calvo Rufanges (Vice President, International Peace Bureau (IPB))
Presenter 2. Chloé Meulewaeter (Chair, The Centre Delàs)
Presenter 3. Sooyoung HWANG (Manager, Center for Peace and Disarmament, PSPD)
Presenter 4. Tori Bateman (Policy advocacy coordinator, American Friends Service Committee)