If our societies are to become more resilient and more ecologically sustainable, then priorities must be changed, and then such a large share of resources cannot be permanently poured into the military – without any prospect of de-escalation. Our current shift must therefore contain more than the present rearmament.
In a statement on Youth Engagement and Peace, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education, the Youth and Disarmament Education Joint Civil Society called on the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security to include youth in their work and to work more vigorously toward implementing disarmament and non-proliferation education.
This is the final post of the retrospective series revisiting Betty Reardon’ six decades of publications in peace education. “Learning to Disarm” is both a summary of some of the constant core concepts and normative convictions that have infused her work for the last four decades and a call to view peace education as an essential strategy for the implementation of the proposals and politics of peace.
This publication’s authors, who include some of the world’s leading scholars, diplomats and activists on the topic, examine historic, strategic, humanitarian and economic aspects of general and complete disarmament to elaborate and elevate the case for prohibiting conventional weapons systems as well as nuclear weapons.
At the IPB Disarmament Congress in Berlin the first weekend in October around 40 young people from 15 different nations met during a Youth Gathering. Pressenza interviewed three of them: Marie Cucurella from France, Emma Pritchard from England and Simon Ott from Germany.
When asked to constructively criticize the Congress, all three become rather lively: “They always say: Engage the Youth! But then they do not give us space.” Emma says that the Youth had an important perspective to contribute, a perspective that is also valuable. “The goal would be that we no longer have Youth Gatherings in the future but that we participate on equal terms”, Marie says.
Noam Chomsky is interviewed by Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee’s disarmament coordinator, about the themes and concerns of the upcoming IPB World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending – “Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda,” taking place September 30-October 3 in Berlin, Germany.