What is the ArmsDown! campaign?
The ArmsDown! campaign calls on religious youth to unite and work toward a safer world in the
pursuit of global security. Members of the campaign are engaging world’s religious believers and
all people of goodwill to accomplish the three goals of the campaign:
GOAL 1: To campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
GOAL 2: To stop the proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons, in particular small arms,
landmines, and cluster bombs.
GOAL 3: To reduce military expenditure and advance the achievement of the UN Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs).
The ArmsDown! campaign works to achieve these goals by educating others about the need to
disarm, mobilizing religious communities to adopt the cause of peace and disarmament and
advocating for governments to implement policies of disarmament. Through education,
mobilization and advocacy, the ArmsDown! campaign promotes disarmament and shared
security for a future free of armed violence.
What is shared security?
Shared security is the notion that a safer world is one in which development, national security and
respect for human rights are advanced simultaneously and in good faith. It recognizes the
inherent vulnerability of all persons, their inter-relatedness, and common obligation to protect and
advance their dignity and care for their common earth. Shared security was advanced by 800
senior religious leaders from over 100 countries at the Religions for Peace Eighth World
Assembly in Kyoto, Japan in 2006.
For every $1 spent in development assistance $10 is spent on military budgets
, and as a result
the world is awash with weapons that are indiscriminately destroying humanity. The current
numbers are impossible to ignore; they beckon us to stand up and take action:
23,000 nuclear warheads possessed by nuclear-weapon states.
75 countries affected to some degree by landmines.
1,000 people a day killed by small arms.
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