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Campaign on Military Spending

Time for action on military spending resources - Poster - Leaflet

Global Day of Action - Get involved - Supporting groups - Join mailing list

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Last year global military expenditure was more than $1,686 billion (US$) - on average, more than $4.6 billion (US$) every day. By way of contrast, on average more than 16,000 children under the age of five die every day from mainly preventable causes - lack of access to adequate food, clean water and basic medicines. This is one of the prices paid, the collateral damage that is seldom talked about, for maintaining armed forces in a state of combat readiness around the world.

Here in Aotearoa New Zealand - where the number of children living in families with an income below the poverty line and the level of homelessness continues to rise, and there is a desperate need for more social funding - in June 2016 the government announced a $20 billion (NZ$) military spend up over the next 15 years. This is in addition to the annual military budget: military spending rose by 5.3% to a record $3.67 billion (NZ$) in the 2017 Budget, an average of $70,748,846 every week.

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2018 Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), 15 April to 3 May

  • If you would like to be involved in this year's Global Days of Action on Military Spending, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, thank you. The new data on global military spending during 2017 will be released on 2 May 2018.

Military spending and related updates

2017 Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), 18 to 28 April

Military spending and related updates

2016 Global Days of Action on Military Spending 2016, 5 to 18 April

2015 Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 13 April 2015 - was marked during the 2015 National Peace Workshops Remembering war / ending war: Challenging militarism and building peace, 18 and 19 April 2015

2014 Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 14 April 2014

2013 Global Day of Action on Military Spending: 15 April 2013

2012 Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 17 April 2012

2011 Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 12 April 2011

If you are interesting in being involved in the Global Day of Action, or would like your organisation listed as a supporter of the Global Day of Action and of the urgent need to change spending priorities away from funding armed forces towards meeting human needs, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa 'Global Day of Action support' in the subject line of your message.


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