Over 150 groups on Thursday called for a \u0022new normal\u0022 post-pandemic in which the human and economic costs of military spending are slashed, mulitlateralism is boosted, and inequality is uprooted in order to center true human security.The call comes in an open letter whose original endorsers include the International Campaign to Ban Landmines\u0026nbsp; and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, both Nobel-winning groups.As of this writing, the letter has been signed by 156 organizations representing a wide range of issues. Global backers include the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the Cluster Munitions Coalition, and Mayors for Peace. U.S.-based groups including CodePink and Peace Action have signed, as have the West African Action Network on Small Arms and the Arab Human Security Network.\u0022Now is the moment to reflect on the world as it is and consider a better alternative for the future,\u0022 the groups say in the letter.The organizations are calling for civil society and world leaders to take and broaden an approach known as \u0022humanitarian disarmament,\u0022 which has its roots (pdf) in the origin of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. Humanitarian disarmament, the groups explain, \u0022seeks to prevent and remediate arms-inflicted human suffering and environmental damage through the establishment and implementation of norms.\u0022Taking that approach forward post-coronavirus means national budget priorities have to change. The letter says \u0022governments and industry should stop investing in unacceptable weapons as well as strengthen the protection of civilians from the use of weapons and ensure arms transfers comply with international law.\u0022Those funds should instead be directed towards \u0022humanitarian purposes, such as healthcare or social spending,\u0022 and, in line with remediation, \u0022governments should redirect money to programs that assist victims, restore infrastructure, clear explosive ordnance, and clean up conflict-related pollution.\u0022The pandemic has \u0022exposed and exacerbated\u0022 existing inequalities, the letter adds, including access to healthcare. That issue must be addressed in part through promoting \u0022more sensitive programs than existed before\u0022 and including a broader range of voices in decision-making.When Covid-19 subsides and when in-person meetings can safely resume, \u0022the international community could increase inclusivity and accessibility by permitting meaningful online participation at multilateral meetings\u0022 and bring in voices from people, \u0022including survivors and other persons with disabilities, who are unable to travel due to lack of funding,\u0022 the letter says.Further, \u0022international cooperation should become a standard way to address global issues,\u0022 the groups say.An improved world, the letter says, is possible.\u0022The international community should prioritize human security, reallocate military spending to humanitarian causes, work to eliminate inequalities, ensure multilateral fora incorporate diverse voices, and bring a cooperative mindset to problems of practice and policy,\u0022 the groups urge. \u0022Together we can reshape the security landscape for the future and help create a new—and improved—\u0026#039;normal.\u0026#039;\u0022The \u0022Open Letter on Covid-19 and Humanitarian Disarmament\u0022 echoes the kind of thinking found in a number of calls to leave behind business-as-usual and instead \u0022build back better\u0022 post-pandemic, with individuals and organizations worldwide demanding various forms of a People\u0026#039;s Bailout, Just Recovery, Healthy Recovery, Green Recovery, Green Stimulus, and Global Green New Deal.