Global Days of Action on Military Spending New Infographic


International Peace Bureau, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

27 Apr 2021 – On the occasion of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending – GDAMS – and the release of new data on military spending by SIPRI (figures for 2020), our campaign has prepared this infographic, which intends to make visible the opportunity cost of global military expenditures (1.98 trillion $). It illustrates current levels of military spending, also divided in shares, and compares them with the cost of human security-oriented programmes, including those related to the Sustainable Development Goals, the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency.

For instance, 9% of the world’s total military spending during the last 10 years could finance the adaptation to climate change the Global Commission on Adaptation proposes; a 10% reduction of the world’s military expenditures could fund education for every person on earth (SDG4); 26 hours without spending money on the military could save 34 millions people from starvation; the last 4 years of EU member states aggregated military expenditures could finance the European Green New Deal.

These are just a few comparisons, but we believe they help understand the magnitude of the squandering military spending means for our societies.

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The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World without War. Our current main program centers on Disarmament for Sustainable Development and within this, our focus is mainly on the reallocation of military expenditure. We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910); over the years, 13 of our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. We believe that by reducing funding for the military sector, significant amounts of money could be released for social projects, domestically or abroad, which could lead to the fulfillment of real human needs and the protection of the environment. At the same time, we support a range of disarmament campaigns and supply data on the economic dimensions of weapons and conflicts. Our campaigning work on nuclear disarmament began already in the 1980s. Our 300 member organizations in 70 countries, together with individual members, form a global network, bringing together knowledge and campaigning experience in a common cause.

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