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The 2016 Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) ran from 5 to 18 April. Photo credit: Moyan Brenn/Flickr.

WILPF sections joined other peace organisations around the world over the past two weeks to mark the 2016 Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).

Kicking off the Global Days, on 5 April, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released the 2015 figures on global military spending. The figures showed that the world spent $1676 billion that should have been spent on humanitarian needs, on military instead.

WILPF partner organisation, International Peace Bureau (IPB), mapped events all over the world, hosted by various organisations challenging militarism and promoting peace.

To mark the global days, WILPF has been writing about the intersections of militarism, capitalism, racism and patriarchy. We also hosted a webinar giving a preview of a new report related to preventing gender-based violence through the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty and other arms control instruments. We also participated in the Stockholm Forum on Development and Security organised by SIPRI. In a session organised by WILPF Sweden, the WILPF delegation discussed the implications of small arms and light weapons proliferation in fragile contexts.

IPB held a seminar in Geneva on 6 April, titled “Military Costs Versus Humanitarian Needs.” The half-day seminar was attended by representatives from a number of peace organisations as well as state representatives. The meeting highlighted the contrast between the high levels of government spending on the military, and the urgent unmet needs of the humanitarian sector.

The seminar acted as a “prepcomm” for the IPB World Congress on military spending, to be held in Berlin on 30 September – 3 October 2016.

WILPF is a supporter of the World Congress, which will bring together a wide variety of experts, advocates and speakers from around the globe for four days of talks, presentations, roundtables, panel discussions, workshops, information booths, exhibitions, and cultural activities.

You can download the draft program for the Berlin World Congress, ‘Disarm! For a Climate of Peace’ here.

Watch this 2015 video of people “moving the money” to where it would be better spent.