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Apr 20, 2015 - Peace Boat marks the 5th Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)
April 13 marked the 5th Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) - an international campaign that denounces the excessive military expenditure of governments around the world and calls for the reallocation of resources towards peace and sustainable human development.

Every year since 2011, civil society around the world, including peace, community, faith-based, economic justice and development activists, have been organizing events to raise awareness, as well as to urge governments to reallocate the world's military expenditure to urgent human needs.

On April 13, GDAMS related events were organised in Japan and onboard Peace Boat, as it departed on its 87th Global Voyage for Peace. Participants attended a conference about the current situation of military spending.

A delegation of Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) marked the day by holding GDAMS signs in front of the ship as a way to call for the reallocation of resources from the military to the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons and lasting peace.

The delegation of Hibakusha, all young children at the time of the nuclear bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, left Japan onboard Peace Boat to sail on a journey around the world, as part of "I Was Her Age", a joint project by Peace Boat and Mayors for Peace.

Participants onboard Peace Boat's 87th Voyage attended a conference about the current situation of military spending and shared a group photo as part of the global campaign.

In addition, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Northeast Asia, for which Peace Boat acts as secretariat, issued a statement expressing concerns about the increase in military spending and ongoing military buildup in the region and making recommendation for the peaceful resolution of the current tensions in the region. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and of the division of the Korean Peninsula. Yet full peace and reconciliation is far from being achieved in Northeast Asia.

GDAMS coincides with the release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (SIPRI) new annual figures on world military expenditures.

Last year military expenditures rose up to 1776 billion dollars, according to SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The highest spending countries were the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and France. While some reductions were seen around the word, a significant increase in spending was seen in many parts of Asia.

Peace Boat has been involved in GDAMS since its inception, sitting on the campaign's International Steering Committee. Peace Boat has been coordinating actions with its partners and in the region, as well as holding events onboard and in ports.

Download GPPAC-NEA statement here.
Read more about Peace Boat?fs work on Disarmament for Development here.
Visit the GDAMS website here.
Documents for download
GPPAC NEA 2015 GDAMS Statement