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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


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, an average of 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.

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

  • Forum: Welfare not warfare, Wellington, 28 April 2017 - On Facebook - A4 poster
  • Global military spending increases again, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 24 April 2017
    - On Facebook - On Scoop Independent News
  • World military spending: increases in the USA and Europe, decreases in oil-exporting countries, SIPRI, 24 April 2017
  • Trends in world military expenditure 2016, SIPRI, 24 April 2017
  • Public meeting: Costs and consequences of militarisation, Lower Hutt, 18 April 2017
  • About GDAMS: GDAMS is the key date each year for the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), and is marked each year by events and activities around the world on the day the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) releases the new global expenditure figures - this year, GDAMS is on Monday, 24 April, part of a fortnight of activities running from 18 - 28 April.

    Peace Movement Aotearoa coordinates the national GCOMS - the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign on Military Spending. We provide updated resources for GDAMS each year and are happy to assist local groups who wish to organise 'Dollars and sense' / 'Welfare not warfare' public forums. If you would like to organise a forum in your area about the urgent need to shift spending priorities away from funding armed forces towards meeting human needs, or if you would like your organisation listed as a supporter of the Global Day of Action, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa with 'GDAMS 2017' in the subject line of your message, thank you. GDAMS events in Aotearoa New Zealand are being posted on Facebook as the details are confirmed.

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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