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Last year global military expenditure was more than $1,739 billion (US$) - on average, more than $4.7 billion (US$) every day. By way of contrast, on average more than 15,342 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 - a record $3,755,683,000 was allocated for military spending in the 2018 Budget, that's an average of 72,224,673 every week.

Military spending and related updates

  • Budget 2018: Military spending increases again, time for alternative thinking, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 17 May 2018 On Facebook On Twitter On Scoop
    A4 poster for printing

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

  • 'Welfare or Warfare?' Pre-Budget lunchtime forum, Friday, 4 May - join us for a discussion on government spending priorities, with Paul Barber, Policy Advisor, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services; Jacqui Southey, Children’s Rights Advocacy, Strategy and Research Director, Save the Children; and Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa, from 1pm to 2pm, at St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington. Your RSVP is essential because space is limited, please RSVP on Facebook or email Peace Movement Aotearoa. The A4 poster for the forum is available here.

  • Global military spending increases again, will NZ's in this year's Budget? Peace Movement Aotearoa, 2 May 2018 On Facebook On Twitter On Scoop Formatted for printing

  • Resources from SIPRI Trends in world military expenditure 2017, Fact Sheet, 2 May 2018 Global military spending remains high at $1.7 trillion, Media Release, 2 May 2018

  • Global Campaign on Military Spending statement: 2018 Global Days of Action on Military Spending, Global Campaign on Military Spending, 2 May 2018

  • 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.

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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