Mr Alyn Ware is a peace educator and international peace and disarmament campaigner. Originally from New Zealand he has lived in the United States and Switzerland, and now resides in the Czech Republic.
Mr Ware is Co-founder and Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non- proliferation and Disarmament (USA), Peace and Disarmament Programs Director for the World Future Council (Germany), Director of the Basel Peace Office (Switzerland) and International Representative for Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace (the New Zealand affiliate of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms). He previously served as Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA).
Mr Ware founded and directed the Mobile Peace Van, and co-founded a number of other peace education initiatives including Our Planet in Every Classroom, the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Program, the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace Schools Outreach Program and the Global Campaign for Peace Education. He was a member of the Department of Education advisory group that developed the New Zealand Guidelines for integrating peace studies into the national school curriculum.
Mr Ware was one of the leaders of the successful campaigns to prohibit nuclear weapons from New Zealand in the 1980s and to achieve a ruling from the International Court of Justice on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons in 1996.
He has co-founded a number of international peace projects and networks including
Abolition 2000, Middle Powers Initiative, Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, UNFOLD ZERO and NoFirstUse Global.
He has won several peace awards including the Right Livelihood Award (Sweden), Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Award (USA), World Peace Award (Canada), United Nations International Year for Peace Award (NZ) and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Award (NZ), and has been nominated a number of times for the Nobel Peace Prize.