Dear friends and colleagues,
The past few weeks were eventful ones for the peace movement. April started with a series of counteractions in Washington DC (USA), where organisations and movements from different parts of the world came together. While foreign ministers from the NATO states held their summit, marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary, protests, rallies and other events took over the DC with one message: no to NATO, yes to peace! A few days later, the 2019 Global Days of Action on Military Spending – GDAMS started, with actions all around the globe calling for sustainable development and social investments to be prioritised over military expenditures. On the 25th April, we had the pleasure to hold a ceremony in Toronto, where we awarded the Seán McBride Peace Prize to Hon. Douglas Roche O.C., Canada’s former Ambassador for Disarmament, for his tireless efforts to promote international peace and disarmament.
Now, as we reach the end of the month, we also turn our attention and our efforts to New York City, where a session of the Preparatory Committee for next year’s review on the parties of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the NPT PrepCom, is currently taking place. This newsletter contains a brief overview of these and other activities – from late March to the end of April 2019 – in which the IPB network has been engaged. We hope you enjoy it, and that the realisation of all that has been done brings an even greater mobilisation for peace in the upcoming months!
Editorial: Theresa Kresse (Coordinator) & Natalia Carrusca (Program Intern)
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