ACTION ALERT: Global Days of Action on Military Spending:

April 13th, 2023 - by UNFOLD ZERO & Move the Nuclear Weapons Money

ACTION ALERT: Actions to Cut
Nuclear Weapons Budgets and Investments
UNFOLD ZERO & Move the Nuclear Weapons Money

Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) is an annual period of action in April/May by civil society organizations around the world to cut military spending and reinvest in common security and human security.

The period coincides with Tax Day in the United States (April 18), Earth Day (April 24) and the annual release by SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) of their report on Global Military expenditure (See the SIPRI 2022 Report: World military expenditure passes $2 trillion for first time).

The Russian invasion of Ukraine provides a difficult environment for advocating military cuts at this time. However, GDAMS highlights the importance of supporting and financing common security mechanisms to address and resolve the underlying conflict, rather than relying solely on a military response to the invasion. Such mechanisms include the United Nations, International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

In addition, the rationale for cutting nuclear weapons budgets becomes even stronger as the Russia/Ukraine conflict escalates the risks of a nuclear war, which could occur by malicious intent, miscommunication, miscalculation or accident. The modernization and forward deployment of nuclear weapons, funded by a $100 billion combined nuclear weapons budget, elevates these risks.

Actions for GDAMs on nuclear weapons spending
We encourage you to take one or more of the following actions during GDAMs to help cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in the nuclear weapons industry, and re-invest these in peace, climate protection and sustainable development:

1. Endorse Protect People and the Planet:
Appeal for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World;

Protect People and the Planet is a Global Appeal to end the nuclear threat, abolish nuclear weapons and shift the weapons budgets and investments to support public health, the climate and sustainable development. It will be presented to the United Nations and circulated to all UN members in conjunction with the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Sep 26, 2023) and the UN Summit of the Future (Sep 2024).

For further information see the AppealAppeal endorsers and Quotes from endorsers.

Nuclear-Weapon-Free World:
Protect People and the Planet
Global Appeal to end the nuclear threat, abolish nuclear weapons and shift the weapons budgets and investments to support public health, COVID-19 recovery, the climate and sustainable development.
The nuclear weapons possessed by nine countries threaten us all. Any use of these weapons by accident, miscalculation or malicious intent, would have catastrophic human, economic and environmental consequences. The use of just a small fraction of the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world’s stockpiles could end civilization as we know it. In addition, the $100 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons is sorely needed for environmental, economic and human needs, including addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the climate and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
We, the undersigned, call on our cities, parliaments and governments to:
• Affirm that nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, and therefore the nuclear armed States should stand down their nuclear forces and affirm policies never to initiate a nuclear war (no-first-use policies);
• Commit to the elimination of nuclear weapons by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations;
• Cut nuclear weapons budgets (if they are a nuclear-weapon State), end investments in the nuclear weapons industry (all governments), and redirect these investments and budgets to support the United Nations, COVID-19 management and recovery, drastic reductions in carbon emissions to protect the climate, and financing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

2. Post your ‘Move the Nuclear Weapons Money’ meme on social media;
Move the Nuclear Weapons Money has already produced memes (a quote plus a photo) from many supporters which can be circulated by social media to promote the issue. If you would like a meme with your quote and photo, send these to us at and we will make the meme for you.

Below are a few examples. See more at Move the Nuclear Weapons Money memes.

3. Get your $1 million nuke note. Use it to
talk to friends, colleagues about the issue;

Move the Nuclear Weapons Money printed 1 million mock $1million nuclear notes for events to demonstrate the massive amount of money being used in the nuclear arms race. (See Over $500 billion of nuke money counted – and shifted to SDGs).

We have some of these notes remaining. Contact Move the Nuclear Weapons to request one or more $1million note/s (no charge) which you can carry in your wallet, casually pull out to pay your restaurant bill with it and use to chat with friends and colleagues about the campaign to Move the Nuclear Weapons Money.

4. Call on your bank, university or government
to divest from the nuclear weapons industry;

So far, four federal governments have adopted policies or measures to divest from the nuclear weapons industry (Lichtenstein, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland). Other governments can be encouraged to follow-suit, especially if they have joined the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which prohibits states parties from aiding or abetting in the production of nuclear weapons. Please let us know if you convince your government to divest from the nuclear weapons industry.

There are also campaigns for states (regional authorities), cities, universities and banks to divest from the nuclear weapons industry. See Legislation | Move the Nuclear Weapons Money

5 . Support US legislation to
cut the nuclear weapons budget

If you are a US citizen or resident, you can call on your federal legislators to support bills (draft legislation) on cutting nuclear weapons put forward by Senator Ed Markey and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Council Members of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. These bills include the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditure (SANE) ActInvest in Cures Before Missiles (ICBM) Act and the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act.

6. Promote global nuclear weapons budget cuts
at UN forums and the UN Summit of the Future.

Move the Nuclear Weapons Money encourages you to call on your government to promote cuts in the global nuclear weapons budget when they speak at key United Nations events including the UN General AssemblyUN High Level Meeting on the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and the UN Summit of the Future.

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