Alyn Ware is a New Zealand advocate who has lead key initiatives focused on nuclear abolition and peace education as well as international law, women’s rights, children’s rights, and the environment. Since the 1980’s, Ware has been actively campaigning against nuclear weapons in New Zealand and is the founder and international coordinator of the network Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). Alyn successfully leads a national campaign which saw nuclear weapons prohibited in 1987. After moving to New York in the late 80’s, Ware worked on a number of peace initiatives at the United Nations and also served as the Executive Director at the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy. Ware’s extensive accomplishments in the field also include a role as UN Coordinator for a ground-breaking opinion by the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. He has also lead a number of initiatives such as the development a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention promoted by the UN Secretary-General and the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
On top of all of his notable work in the field of nuclear proliferation, Alyn has been active in establishing peace education programs in New Zealand schools that were developed for the peace studies guidelines adopted by the Department of Education. Ware has been recognized for his outstanding work and is the recipient of numerous accolades including the Right Livelihood Award, United Nations International Year for Peace Award, World Peace Award, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Award, Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Award, and Tom Perry Peace Award. Alyn was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.
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The silver fern plant is endemic to New Zealand, and is widely used as a Symbol of the country’s Athletic teams, businesses, and is prominent in its coat of arms. Young fronds of the plant emerge as tightly curled spirals, a symbol used by the country’s native Māori to represent new beginnings and peace.
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