DISARMAMENT & SECURITY .
Announcement by the International Peace Bureau
The World Congress of the International Peace Bureau will take place at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, 30 September-03 October 2016:
OBJECTIVES OF CONGRESS
Bringing together a wide variety of experts, advocates and speakers from around the globe;
Including talks, presentations, roundtables, panel discussions, workshops, information booths, exhibitions, cultural activities;
High point in the recently-launched Global Campaign on Military Spending;
Apart from the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (mid-April), preparatory events will be held in major cities around the world over the coming year.
Speakers will come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, including both the highest levels of society and grassroots voices, creative thinkers and cultural figures:
Nobel and Alternative Nobel Prize winners;
– elder statesmen/women;
– the social sciences, economics and politics in particular;
– the peace movement and other civil society sectors;
– parliamentarians, religious leaders, journalists, community organizers and artists…
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GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF CAMPAIGN
In 2014 the world’s governments spent over $1,700 billion on the military sector. We believe this money must instead be spent on:
Climate change mitigation/adaptation, preserving biodiversity;
Humanitarian programs to support the most vulnerable;
Peace: disarmament, conflict prevention & resolution, human security;
Public services / Social justice, human rights, gender equality and green job-creation;
Sustainable development, production and consumption patterns, anti-poverty programs, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We strongly believe the absolutely necessary ‘great transformation’ of global human society can only be achieved when also reallocating military expenditure and handling conflict differently. After all, we are facing a crisis of civilization, which is more far-reaching than an ecological and economic crisis alone.
We are living on one single Planet Earth but exploiting its resources as if we had three.
We witness how our predominant economic and developmental model has failed to provide justice, livelihood and human security for all. We now also face the resurgence of militarism and confrontational politics.
Hence, we view this priority shift in government spending as one element in a much broader global transformation towards a green, socially just and peaceful society!
The aim of this congress is to bring the issue of military spending, often seen as a technical question, into broad public debate and to strengthen the global community of activism.
Hence, we aim at wide support that goes far beyond peace organizations, such as from development, environment, faith, human rights, social welfare, women, workers’ and youth organizations.
(Thank you to Alicia Cabezudo for sending this announcement to CPNN)