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 national 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 Abolition 2000, the global civil society network to eliminate nuclear weapons which includes over 2000 endorsing organisations. He has lead a number of additional initiatives to advance the goal of nuclear abolition including establishing UNFOLD ZERO which promotes United Nations initiatives, and Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, which campaigns to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in the nuclear weapons industry, and redirect these budgets and investments into supporting peace, climate protection and sustainable development. He also established Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), a global, cross-party network of over 700 parliamentarians, many holding key positions in their parliaments or in inter-parliamentary bodies such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. 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), and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

He is a member of the World Future Council.