In 2014 the world’s governments spent over $1700 billion on the military sector. This money could instead be spent on creating jobs for young people, feeding the hungry, protecting us all from the effects of climate change, tackling pandemics and much more! The IPB has called for annual reallocations of (as a minimum) 10% from the military budgets of all states for several years, and for a process to be started to reduce arms production as well as the international weapons trade.
We view this priority shift as one element in a much broader global transformation towards a green, socially just and peaceful society!
The world congress 2016 builds on over a decade of work done by the IPB and its partners around the theme of ‘Disarmament for Sustainable Development’. It is the next highlight of our Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS): www.demilitarize.org
Let us join hands to overcome militarism for a real socio-ecological transformation!
Samir Amin, Frank Bsirske, Sharan Burrow
Jayantha Dhanapala, Aude Fleurant, James Galbraith
Reiner Hoffmann, Tawakkol Karman, Federico Mayor
Vandana Shiva, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, and many others
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IPB World Congress 2016 on military and social spending, bringing together a wide variety of experts, advocates and speakers from around the world:
Date: 30. September - 03. October 2016
Venue: Technical University, Berlin, Germany