Global Days of Action on Military Spending: April 18-28, 2017
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Global Days of Action on Military Spending: April 18-28, 2017

April 19, 2017


This year, the GDAMS movement will take place from April 18th to April 28th. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace joins with The International Peace Bureau and its members with organized events all around the world (Australia, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Japan, and many others).

Worldwide, governments are pushing for an increase in military spending. In the U.S., Donald Trump has proposed an increase of $54 billion – 10% of the annual allocation – to be paid for by cutting diplomacy and foreign aid. All European governments in NATO agreed twice, in Wales and Warsaw, to spend 2% of their GDP on defense, as well as creating new funding systems for military research and development. For its part, China has declared it will increase its military budget by 7% in 2017. Among other top military spending countries, Saudi Arabia and Japan are also planning to increase their military expenditure.

With this scenario there are plenty of new reasons to renew our call for a cut in military spending (based upon SIPRI data) and to get close to the human security approach that many would prefer to see.

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is an international campaign founded in December 2014 and promoted by the International Peace Bureau. The aim of the campaign is to push governments to invest money in the sectors of health, education, employment and climate change rather than the military. The GCOMS also incorporates the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), which is now in its 7th year.

We need to involve even more citizens and organisations in an open and robust debate on the counter-productive results of military expenditure. More than ever, we need new partners to work on the ongoing Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), and to make the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) a great success!






For more information contact:
Lyn Adamson
Co-chair
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Phone: 416-603-7915
Cell: 416 731 6605
Email: lyn.adamson9@gmail.com
Website: vowpeace.org

Sandra Ruch
National Coordinator
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Phone: 416-603-7915
Cell: 416-716-4010
Email: miriamswell@hotmail.com
Website: vowpeace.org

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