Every 3,5 seconds a human being dies of hunger. Every 6 seconds this human being is a child under 5. And billions of our brothers and sisters have no access to safe water, adequate health care and education, not to speak about the environmental problems that challenge our times.
The solution is simple. According to the World
Bank, less than 5% of the current yearly military expenditure would
already be enough to reach the Millennium Development Goals, including putting an end to extreme poverty and hunger.
Military expenditures reached unprecedented levels and almost doubled since Rio92, from US$ 1,08 trillion in 1992 up to US$ 1,74 trillion in 2011, Let`s join hands and put an end to this criminal system.
During the Rio+20 Summit a life-sized Tank covered with Bread called
attention for governments to redirect 10% of the global annually
military expenditures to fight hunger, eradicate extreme poverty,
provide better education and healthcare, and to fund urgent
This campaign launched at Rio+20 was an initiative of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), the International Network of Engineers and
Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF),
the World Future Council (WFC), Viva Rio, Mayors for Peace, and World without Wars and Violence.
Numerous Nobel Peace Prize laureates have already endorsed the appeal such as
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, and Adolfo Peres Esquivel.
Join the campaign! Rio+20 only marked the start. This petition will soon be updated with some `technical changes` to reflect this, while it will also be made available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, ...