Speakers will come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, including both the highest levels of society and grassroots voices, creative thinkers and cultural figures:
- Nobel and Alternative Nobel Prize winners;
- elder statesmen/women;
- the social sciences, economics and politics in particular;
- the peace movement and other civil society sectors;
- parliamentarians, religious leaders, journalists, community organizers and artists…
In 2014 the world’s governments spent over $1,700 billion on the military sector. We believe this money must instead be spent on:
- Climate change mitigation/adaptation, preserving biodiversity;
- Humanitarian programs to support the most vulnerable;
- Peace: disarmament, conflict prevention & resolution, human security;
- Public services / Social justice, human rights, gender equality and green job-creation;
- Sustainable development, production and consumption patterns, anti-poverty programs, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We strongly believe the absolutely necessary ‘great transformation’ of global human society can only be achieved when also reallocating military expenditure and handling conflict differently. After all, we are facing a crisis of civilization, which is more far-reaching than an ecological and economic crisis alone.
We are living on one single Planet Earth but exploiting its resources as if we had three. We witness how our predominant economic and developmental model has failed to provide justice, livelihood and human security for all. We now also face the resurgence of militarism and confrontational politics.
Hence, we view this priority shift in government spending as one element in a much broader global transformation towards a green, socially just and peaceful society!
The aim of this congress is to bring the issue of military spending, often seen as a technical question, into broad public debate and to strengthen the global community of activism.
Hence, we aim at wide support that goes far beyond peace organizations, such as from development, environment, faith, human rights, social welfare, women, workers’ and youth organizations.
As at January 2016, our partners include: … Continue reading →
Friends of the Earth International UNI Global Union Nobel Peace Center Pax Christi International International Trade Union Confederation Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom American Friends Service Committee Belgian coalition for a ban on uranium weapons Betrand Russell … Continue reading →
General Student’s Committee of Technische Universität Berlin (TU) EN PAZ Peace Community Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung e.V. Women’s Network for Peace Freunde Kants und Königsbergs Friedrich Ebert Foundation Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft Hans Böckler Foundation Heinrich Böll … Continue reading →
With research advisory support from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute … Continue reading →
It is clear: without overcoming militarism, a socio-ecological transformation with the goal of an equitable international social order will be a failure. Thus, let us join hands to create an action agenda in Berlin to roll back militarism in favor … Continue reading →
The IPB World Congress will bring together people from all over the world, creating a space to connect and share knowledge, experience and visions. Become part of making our world a more just and peaceful place. Join us at: IPB … Continue reading →
The oldest global peace network, founded in 1891/92; Nobel Peace Laureate 1910; over the years, 13 of our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize; Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council since 1977; More than … Continue reading →