Disarmament for Development
Peace Boat's Disarmament for Development education and advocacy campaign is based on the much-neglected Article 26 of the UN Charter that calls for the establishment of a system of regulation of armaments with the least diversion of the world human and economic resources for armaments in order to promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security.

Through the participation in and organization of public events, conferences and workshops, Peace Boat educates people on the impact that a shift in the allocation of resources would have, namely a decrease of military expenditures and the reallocation of funds to eradicate poverty and invest in sustainable development and human security.

Since 2008, Peace Boat has been partnering with the International Peace Bureau, which runs a major campaign for Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development since 2005 and coordinates a worldwide network bringing together organisations and institutions on this topic.
About IPB's Disarmament for Development Campaign

Disarmament for Development is one of the key themes of the Peace Boat-led Global Article 9 Campaign that uses Japan's peace constitution recognition that all peoples of the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and want..." to call on world governments to decrease military expenditures and invest instead in health, education and sustainable social development.
More information about the Global Article 9 Campaign

Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) and Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

GDAMS aims to promote global awareness of the skyrocketing budgets spent on the military rather than on promoting peace and human development and seeks to focus public, political, and media attention on the costs of military spending and the need for new priorities.

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

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 10 December 2014, the International Peace Bureau (IPB) announced the launch of a permanent, global, year-round campaign to tackle the worldwide issue of excessive military spending- Global Campaigns on Military Spending (GCOMS).

Peace Boat seats in GCOMS' International Steering Committee and has been coordinating actions with its partners and in the region, and has been holding events for GDAMS onboard and in ports.

Click here for more information about Peace Boat's activities for GDAMS in 2015.
Click here for a video message from Hibakusha Hattori Michiko, onboard the 83rd Global Voyage for GDAMS 2014.


More information about GDAMS

- Peace Boat participants call for cuts in military spending on Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) (April 2013)
- GDAMS - Korea-Japan Civil Society Joint Statement (2013) (April 2013)
- Statement to the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (August 2010)
- Statement to the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development (June 2009)
- Global Call for Action on Military and Social Spending (December 2008)
- Letter to the UN Security Council on Article 26 (November 2008)
- Option 10%: Appeal to Under Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (August 2008)
- Joint IPB-Article 9/Peace Boat leaflet