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Launch of a Global Campaign on Military Spending

Categories: Articles:Nuclear Weapons, Articles:Peacemaking, Articles:Social Justice | Published: 24/04/2017 | Views: 2488

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is "stepping up across the globe: the fifth largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year" How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?

A global coalition of organisations and grass-roots activists are this week (20 - 23 April) taking part in a Global Campaign on Military Spending - bringing these questions to the attention of governments and communities around the world. They suggest the money would be better spent on healthcare, international cooperation & development, tackling climate change and investment education.

In the UK the GCOMS Coalition includes Pax Christi, the Quakers, CND, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Women in Black, Fellowship of Reconciliation and many more. This is the fifth year that events have been organised in England, Wales and Scotland.
An on-line ballot has been created where people can vote for how they would distribute the £46 billion that is spent annual on militarism.  Read more here.
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