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Published on Jan 25, 2013
On 15 April 2013, people all over the world will again come together for the third Global Day of Action on Military Spending. We urge you to join us.
The current economic crisis has put pressure on the world's governments to reduce spending on essential human needs: confronting climate change, battling deadly diseases, achieving the Millennium Development Goals. But apart from a few courageous exceptions, national governments continue to waste enormous resources on the military. Figures from the 2011 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) annual report show that the world's governments are spending more than ever on the military: $1,738 billion per year. If spent differently, this money would go a long way to resolving the real and immediate challenges facing our planet.