“Promoting arms races will inevitably lead to more violence and war.” This is the diagnosis of a coordinator of development organizations, which unites 75 organizations and social platforms in Spain and which, a few days before the NATO summit in Madrid, asks the government to drastically reduce military spending and promote diplomacy. Conflict resolution.
In a statement released Wednesday, This coordinator Humanitarian organizations or human rights organizations are attacking the statement of the President of the Executive, Pedro Sanchez, to increase the budget of the Ministry of Defense to 2% of GDP, one of the commitments required by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (NATO) to its members and demands that this amount be allocated to “cooperation policy and human rights, which barely reaches 0.25%”.
To uphold that commitment, Sanchez stressed in late May that “the cost of sitting idle is higher”: “It is necessary to strengthen our containment and this can only be achieved by increasing defense spending, but I also know that it is. That’s what we have to convey to Spanish society. ”
According to this platform of organizations, military escalation, on the contrary, poses a “risk to the security of the population.” “Without overcoming the serious social crisis caused by the pandemic, an increase in military spending and the arms race is presented as an inevitable option that will undoubtedly be normalized in public discourse,” he said. The coordinator is made up of NGOs such as Action Against Hunger, Oxfam, Children’s Villages, Spanish Red Cross, Manos Unidas, Cáritas or Doctors of the World. Also associated with UN organizations such as Acnur or Unicef.
These subjects recall that the Atlantic Alliance summit, to be held in Madrid on June 29 and 30, is taking place in a “very disturbing global context”, amid the war in Ukraine and 30 other active conflicts, which they point to. “They are another indicator of a civilized crisis, the rise of authoritarianism and eco-social collapse.” “10% of world GDP goes to military spending, which is 2117 US dollars per person. “The rate is growing and which is 12.4% more than last year,” they said.
This meeting of the Allies will bring together the Heads of State 40 in Madrid next week, four decades after Spain’s accession to NATO. Attendees will include NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, 30 allied countries, four invited countries and four other EU members. The two days of the event will discuss, among other issues, the war in Ukraine and the possible accession of Finland and Sweden, as well as a new strategic security plan for the next ten years in which the organization works.
“Meetings like the one taking place in Madrid these days are fueling an already suffocating situation,” said the coordinator, who believes that “the current of war that we are witnessing will have a direct impact on the lives of millions of people.” People; It will also be a blow to the environment and the balance of ecosystems; And this will intensify the struggle between the blocs and the “whirlpool of confrontation between ‘one’ and ‘another’.”
In this context, social organizations demand from the government a “radical reversal of foreign policy”, which is reflected in a number of demands. In particular, limiting the military budget; Joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; Prioritize diplomacy for conflict resolution; Develop a comprehensive acceptance policy; Amend or repeal Gag’s law “in order to protect freedom of expression and assembly in Spain and to mobilize for peace.”
“We also urge citizens not to be carried away by this war-torn climate, to condemn and join various pacifist initiatives,” said organizations, which believe the war-mongering is “militarizing the mind” and “dangerously instrumentalizing people” as an explanation of a difficult reality. A simple confrontation between one and the other. ”
NGOs are closing the statement calling for diplomacy and “pacifism.” “Demanding peace, naming, building is not naive, utopian, hippie or cowardly: it is the only acceptable option to guarantee life on the planet and to avoid war for future generations,” they conclude.
Source: El Diario