Power and progress through Demilitarization
Nobel Laureate Óscar Arias writes:
“My country Costa Rica, has shown what a reduction in military spending can do for a society. In 1948 my country made a voluntary decision that no other had ever undertaken, to abolish its army and declare peace to the world.”
Arias, president of Costa Rica (from 1986-1990 and 2006-2010) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his peacemaking efforts in Central America. A country without any armed forces, Costa Rica is now a global model for demilitarization and the amazing social benefits it offers.
April 17 is the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), which encourages people around the world to demand demilitarization as the first step towards achieving true human security and development.