Coalition for World Disarmament
Organization profile published 1980
Publisher: Coalition for World Disarmament, Vancouver, Canada
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2137
The Coalition for World Disarmament (CWD) is a non-profit organization devoted to non-violence; it began in 1977 in Vancouver. Representatives of 17 organizations and individuals who are determined to work together on disarmament make up CWD. These people work together across political, religious, social and geographical barriers to reverse the arms race and find ways of solving conflicts other than resorting to war. CWD aims to initiate, promote and coordinate programs of peace research, education and action.
Their research has led them to believe that the arms race affects all areas of human life. The military budget of Canada will claim up to three or four years of income from each Canadian in their lifetime. Not only is the arms race expensive in this way, CWD notes that it provides fewer jobs than any other economic sector. Over four billion dollars were spent on Canada's military budget in 1978, and yet only some 76,000 jobs were provided for Canadians. The arms race is thus capital-intensive rather than labor -intensive; much money is spent but few jobs are provided.
The increase in nuclear weapons only worsens the arms race, says CWD. This group proposes that countries should dis-arm, and that world-wide nuclear disarmament, under UN surveillance, is necessary.
CWD has on hand copies of its April. 1980 statement expresses full support for actions on disarmament in the United Nations.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1980.