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Rio +20: Disarmament for Sustainable Development

Rio +20: Disarmament for Sustainable Development

The signatories of Rio+20 "Disarmament for Sustainable Development" appeal demand that the governments of the world seriously address the neglected issue of peace and disarmament, and agree on a global plan for disarmament for sustainable development at the Rio Summit in June 2012. A bread tank with a garden inside will be at Rio+20 to underline the realistic possibility of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by redirecting military spending. 

The "Disarmament for Sustainable Development" Appeal

In 2011 global military spending amounted to $1.74 trillion – despite the fact that 1 billion people suffer from hunger, still more have no access to safe water or adequate health care and education, and even in the industrialised world millions are without work. Disarmament is a necessary condition for sustainable development. We therefore demand that the governments of the world seriously address this neglected issue of peace and disarmament and agree on a global plan for disarmament at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012. Starting in 2013, military spending should be cut back substantially - a minimum of 10 % per annum. The freed-up funds should be used for social, economic and ecological programmes in all countries.

The appeal is promoted by IPB, INES, Mayors for Peace, World Future Council, Viva Rio, World Without Wars and Foreign Policy in Focus. The initiative is supported by many renowned personalities worldwide, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

Read the appeal Sign the appeal Sign the petition on Avaaz

The Bread Tank

We will be at Rio+20 with an edible, life-sized tank made of bread. This unique mobile sculpture, measuring 8m x 4m x 3m, will be a symbol of how the world's military budget should really be used - to fund sustainable development, fight hunger and extreme poverty, improve food and water security, and provide education and healthcare. Inside the bread tank is a vegetable garden that will become visible as the tank is consumed. No bread will be wasted: Remaining food will be donated to a charitable food bank. The Bread Tank will be accompanied by an exhibition that juxtaposes current military spending with money requried to finance exemplary social and ecological measures.

The Bread Tank Activities at Rio+20

Tuesday, 19 June, 11:00-12:30
Community Event in the favela of Santa Marta (Botafogo)
The tank will be presented to the press with full support of the community of Santa Marta. In cooperation with the Brazilian organisation Viva Rio, a symbolic destruction of small weapons from the voluntary civil disarmament programme will be made, and the bread will be served to the people of teh community.

Wednesday, 20 June, 14:00
Global Day of Action March
The tank will accompany the march with the Samba school of the community of Vigário Geral, Rio de Janeiro.

Thursday, 21 June, 11:00-12:30
Press conference in front of Global Town Hall at Athlete's Park
(across from RioCentro, pavillion of the Rio State Government close to main entrance)
Journalists, politicians and all interested participants of Rio+20 are invited to this media event with the Bread Tank, featuring short statements from UN High Representative on Disarmament H.E. Ambassador Sergio Duarte; Right Livelihood Laureate Vandana Shiva (tbc); General Coordinator of International Actions to Fight Hunger, Brazilian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Milton Rondó; Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos Horta (tbc); and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes (tbc). There will also be a lesson taught by 14-year-old Brazilian students on "Disarmament for Development."

Friday, 22 June, all day
Peoples' Summit
The tank will be exhibited all day at Território Futuro.