SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Why we need to Freeze Weapons Now

Martin Butcher (Oxfam), Dr Olamide Samuel (SOAS, SCRAPWeapons), Anant Saria (SOAS, SCRAPWeapons), Rut Einarsdottir (SOAS, SCRAPWeapons). Chair: Julia Auf Dem Brinke (SOAS, SCRAPWeapons)

Date: 29 May 2020Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 29 May 2020Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

Propelled by the devastating impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus globally, the SCRAP Weapons team at SOAS University of London is building on the United Nations Secretary General’s call for a Global Ceasefire in all corners of the world. As a complementary measure, we are calling on all States and corporations to FREEZE the production and supply of Weapons.

As the disease causes death, poverty, violence and confrontation, States and corporations must harness their capability to divert military modernization, procurement and operational budgets, as a necessary complementary measure towards the delay, containment and eradication of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We suggest that States and corporations, individually and in cooperation, implement moratoria on weapons production and supply.

Support this initiative by Signing the Declaration, Promoting the Formal Text for Governments, Parliaments and International Organisations and Circulating and using the Background paper.

Register here to participate in this webinar.

Organiser: SCRAPWeapons, CISD, Oxfam

Contact email: scrap.weapons@soas.ac.uk