One trillion dollars is being allocated over the next ten years to modernize the nuclear arsenals of nine countries.
The corporations making these weapons lobby for increased spending on nuclear weapons, stimulating the nuclear arms race and increasing the risk of a nuclear war.
Count the Nuclear Weapons Money will demonstrate the scale of this investment, and how it could instead be devoted to peace and humanitarian needs.
While governments meet at the United Nations in New York for the first ever United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, we will be outside the UN counting one million specially designed notes each of $1 million value, adding up to $1 trillion.
Front of a $1 million note depicting what the nuclear weapons budget currently supports.
Help us count the nuclear weapons money
Join us between May 10-16 as we count ($100 million per minute, $6 billion per hour, $146 billion per day for seven days). While counting we will highlight economic, social and environmental areas in which this money could instead be invested.
Already we have parliamentarians, civil society leaders, artists, sports stars, musicians, activists, religious leaders, youth, war veterans and others signed up to count the money for 20-30 minutes each.
Click here to sign-up as a money counter.
Back of a $1 million note indicating what the money should instead be spent on. Design by Michael Green.
Please donate to make this action a success
It costs money to move the nuclear weapons money. Please donate so that we can print the 1 million notes, publicise the action, create a powerful installation of the counted money, and support the advocacy to end investments in nuclear weapons.
For more information see our GoFundMe campaign.
Move the Nuclear Weapons Money
The New York action is part of Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, a global campaign to cut nuclear weapons budgets, divest from nuclear weapons corporations and move the money to meet areas of human need, such as ending poverty, protecting the climate, supporting renewable energy, creating jobs, and providing adequate healthcare, housing and education for all.
The campaign was launched in October 2016 by the International Peace Bureau, World Future Council and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, building on work these organizations have done for over a decade on nuclear divestment and cutting nuclear weapons budgets.
The campaign now includes a number of other organisations and networks including the Basel Peace Office, Global Security Institute, UNFOLD ZERO, World Federalist Movement and the Abolition 2000 Working Group on Economic Dimensions of Nuclearism.
The campaign works closely with the Global Campaign on Military Spending.
Press conference at the United Nations
Jackie Cabasso speaking at a press conference at the United Nations for the Count the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign, March 28, 2018
At the press conference we also promoted the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament and released an open letter to the leaders of USA, South Korea and North Korea signed by more than 100 US civil society groups expressing support for the upcoming inter-Korean summit in April and the US-DPRK summit in May.