Peace and disarmament organisations are preparing for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) on 14 April 2014. The period around this date offers valuable opportunities for questions, for challenging assumptions and seeking for alternatives to current levels of military spending.
The day is an initiative of the International Peace Bureau. Actions are taking place around the world to coincide with the release of military spending figures by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Supporting organisations in the UK are calling for military spending to be shifted towards social and environmental needs.
They urge new thinking from civil society and government to create a programme of action for spending, research and investment which would build sustainable and common security at national and international levels.
The focus this year is on the possible replacement of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system and the redirection of its cost to prevent many of the cuts in UK public services.