Webinar: The Opportunity Costs of Military Spending: How and Why it’s Time to Rethink Our Priorities

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Date(s) - Wednesday - Apr 22, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

IPB - International Peace Bureau Office


*The time of the event is Berlin local time (Central European Time)

As part of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) 2020, IPB will host a seminar for students and young professionals interested in learning more about how military expenditures weigh up against social spending on issues such as combating climate change, improving infrastructure, and investing in education. The webinar will commence with a overview of worldwide and country-specific military spending based on available data from SIPRI and other reliable sources. Subsequently, the group will look at the figures for spending on various social programs.

In addition to presenting a review of military and social spending, the webinar will lay out practical methods and procedures of demilitarization and disarmament at a governmental level as well as how individuals can engage others in the conversation to produce societal change and pressure on national governments. Participants will be given the opportunity to brainstorm and share their ideas with each other and the IPB team and explore how they can best use their skills to engage in the conversation about disarmament and demilitarization.

The event will be held online and is open to 20-25 participants who are students or young professionals in the field. Data will be presented by Reiner Braun, Executive Director of IPB, and Amela Skiljan, IPB Coordinator, and discussion will be led by IPB Interns Eskil Grav and Sean Conner. Those interested can register for free by sending an email to info@ipb-office.berlin with their name and profession or area of study.