PEACE IS POSSIBLE
WE ARE THE SWEDISH PEACE AND ARBITRATION SOCIETY
The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Svenska Freds- och Skiljedomsföreningen) is the world’s oldest and Sweden’s largest peace organization. We are an association for people who believe that conflicts can be resolved without violence, and that war can be prevented through collaboration, economic means and diplomacy. We work towards sustainable peace by spreading knowledge, forming public opinion and influencing decision makers.
The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, SPAS consists of our members, donors, activists, board and employees. We work tirelessly for the sake of peace. We believe, always and without exceptions, in nonviolence and peaceful conflict management.
We put our foot down, and make the room uncomfortable by asking the questions no one else would ask. We always takethe discussionseriously but also with a good sense of humor.
Based on our knowledge and experience we argue for what we believe in and create the change we want to see. When our opponents – and sometimes our allies – say that “it will never work”, we respond with possible and positive solutions, as opposed to militarization and armed conflict.
Since the beginning in 1883, we have changed history several times. Together we change the future.
The Swedish Peace and Arbitrary Society is a non-religious, non-partisan and nonprofit organization.
More information about our working areas (in Swedish):
- Sweden is one of the world’s largest exporters of arms per capita. Last year, the export of arms from Swedish companies rose with 305 from 11,4 Billion SEK to 16,4 billion SEK. Sweden supplies arms to non-democracies and countries in armed conflict such as Thailand, UAE, Hungary, Qatar, Turkey, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Philippines and more. In the meantime, Sweden is often portrayed as a country that has had peace for the last 400 years, and that often takes on the role as peace broker. We survey arms deals and the amount and contents of Swedish arms exports.
- Abolition of nuclear weapons
- Militarized AI – The consequences of the use of militarized autonomous weapons, so called killer robots, can be severe. But the development of AI weapons are moving fast and can be used in warfare within the coming years. Currently, there are no legal constraints on the use of killer robots, and we need to act fast in order to stop the development of such.
- Landmines and cluster munitions
- Another essential issue in peace building is looking at investments and the nation’s distribution of tax income. In 2018, the global economic cost of armed conflict was $1.02 trillion. Peace, however, is much cheaper. Studies show that if we spend a dollar on building peace in conflict countries we reduce the cost of conflict by $16. And if we just imagine spending 10% ($102 billion) of the cost of conflict on preventing it, it could potentially be enough to achieve world peace.In Sweden, the spending on national defence is supposed to increase with 30% between 2020 and 2023, from 63,6 Billion SEK to 82,9 Billion SEK. Yet, an armed invasion of Swedish territory is highly unlikely. And does militarization really make us more safe? We believe this money is better spent on healthcare and combating climate change, which are actual and more pressing threats towards people’s safety.
Svenska Freds- och skiljedomsföreningen
112 36 STOCKHOLM
+46(0)70 763 48 52
For press inquires:
+46(0)70-954 05 13
We are a team of eight people working at the office on Polhemsgatan in Stockholm.
More information and contact details here (in Swedish).
Give peace your change
When you donate to or become a member of SPAS, you become an active force in our work for sustainable peace in the world.
Your donation allows us to:
- coordinate activists in political campaigns, such as establish a ban on nuclear weapons
- monitor arms trading companies and others in power, and in the long run put an end to the arms export to non-democracies and war zones
- help conscientious objectors; people that do not want to do military service or want to do military service unarmed
- spread our message in the media, so that we can inform more people about non-violent conflict resolution and many other ways in which we build sustainable peace!