Alyn Ware

Founder and global coordinator of the network Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

Alyn Ware is a peace educator and anti-nuclear activist from New Zealand. In the 1980s he was active in establishing peace education programs in New Zealand schools and in the development of the peace studies guidelines adopted by the Department of Education. He was also one of the leaders in the campaign which successfully prohibited nuclear weapons in 1987 and set a course for a more independent and peace oriented foreign policy. He moved to New York in the late 1980s to work on a number of international peace initiatives at the United Nations, including as the UN Representative for the Gulf Peace Team, co-founding member (and weapons-caucus chair) of the Coalition for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and UN Coordinator for a ground-breaking opinion by the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. For much of this time Alyn also served as the Executive Director at the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy. In 1995, Alyn co-founded the International Network Abolition 2000, now numbering over 2000 endorsing organisations that call for negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention (a global treaty to abolish nuclear weapons). He has lead a number of initiatives to advance this goal, such as drafting UN resolutions, developing a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention which is now promoted by the UN Secretary General, and establishing  Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), which now counts more than 800 parliamentary members from key positions and from across the political spectrum. At present, Mr. Ware works as PNND’s International Coordinator and as Director of the Basel Peace Office. Mr. Ware has won a number of awards including the Right Livelihood Award (2009), UN International Year for Peace Award (New Zealand) and World Peace Award (Canada). He was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.