As the UK (see below) ad campaign asks:
"What will you do to make peace?"
Check out these stats from New Internationalist:
In recorded history since 3600 BC, over 14,500 major wars have killed close to four billion people - two-thirds of the current world population.
- In armed conflicts since 1945, 90 per cent of casualties have been civilians compared to 50 per cent in the second World War and 10 per cent in the first.
- Around 85 countries have undergone some sort of disarmament since the end of the Cold War in 1989, but 69 nations have been increasing their stock of weapons - mostly low income countries buying from the richer ones.
- The United States is the world’s biggest arms exporter - supplying around 40 per cent of the developing world’s arms.
- The U.S military budget is as large as the next ten, top-spending, countries combined.
- Britain is the world’s second-largest arms exporter with a 25 per cent share of the legal global market.
- Between 1990 and 1994 Britain supplied 13 per cent of total arms exports to sub-Saharan Africa - while at war from 1987 to 1994, Angola received $7.3 billion worth of British arms.
- There are at least 250,000 child soldiers fighting in armed conflict.
- Most countries consider young soldiers ‘volunteers’. But often coercion is involved - in Uganda around 8,000 children have been abducted for use as soldiers or prostitutes.