Military Spending in a time of Austerity

The Leeds International Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture, jointly organised by our University and Leeds City Council’s Peace Links Group, is to be presented on Tuesday 7 May at Leeds Civic Hall by the Secretary General of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), Colin Archer at 7.30pm.
Colin will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Spending on Development and the Military in a Time of Austerity’.

Global military spending is arguably the ‘elephant in the room’ when we discuss austerity, development budgets and basic livelihoods.

The annual figures produced by SIPRI show the vast amounts of money being spent by governments.
http://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex

The Global Day of Action on Military Spending was initiated by International Peace Bureau and has gathered useful information and fact sheets.
http://demilitarize.org/category/fact-sheets/

Military Spending should be a key issue for those studying peace, security and development because we discuss the need for increased resources and consider how governments allocate the spending…and we need clear information about what percentage is spent on weapons and the military.

About the Peace Lecture.
Working together with local peace and human rights groups, the Leeds International Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture was first established in 1987 in memory of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, a peace campaigner and outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa who briefly studied in Leeds in the 1950s.

Colin’s work as a peace and human rights activist began in the early 1970s, with him being especially active on nuclear issues in the UK during the late 1980s. He co-founded the Institute for Law, Peace and Accountability and has been Secretary-General of the International Peace Bureau since 1990. Colin has been heavily involved in the World Court Project and Abolition 2000 (coalitions against nuclear weapons), the Hague Appeal for Peace (World Congress 1999), and the Global Campaign for Peace Education.

The International Peace Bureau is based in Geneva and is dedicated to the vision of a world without war. It has 300 member organisations in 70 countries together with individual members that from a global network. Its work was recognised in 1910 when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and since then, 13 of its officers have been made Nobel Peace Laureates.

The lecture will be held at 7.30pm at Leeds Civic Hall. For more information and to reserve a place, contact peace@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 2474339.

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