World March New Zealand
World March 5 Proposals

Welcome by M. Ban Ki Moon
Countries and territories on
the World Peace March route

Oceania and East Asia

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines.

Continental Asia

Bangladesh, China, India, Israel, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Korea, Palestine, Turkey.


Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.


Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, CÙte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Togo.


Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.


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Abolition 2000

Abolition 2000 is a network of over 2000 organizations in more than 90 countries world wide working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Peace and the Environment

Conflict, militarism and war are probably the most environmentally destructive of all human activities. These activities effect the environment in numerous ways.

  • The production and use of weapons release deadly toxins into the environment.
  • Military vehicles (planes, aircraft, tanks, personnel carriers etc...) consume huge quantities of fuel, while on military exercises or during conflict, releasing large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
  • The testing, deployment and use of weapons destroys – or makes unusable – large areas of land.
  • The money spent on the military – currently about $1 trillion annually – could instead be used to address poverty and protect the environment.

Here are some disturbing facts which
illustrate these points:

  • The Pentagon generates five times more chemical toxins than the five major US chemical companies combined.
  • Nuclear weapons development and testing has released over 2 billion curies of radiation into the environment. This has resulted in hundreds of thousands of cancer victims, children born with birth defects and other health problems. The global victims of the radiation pollution related to nuclear weapon production, testing, use and waste conservatively number 13 million.
  • The world’s military forces are responsible for the release of more than 66% of CFCs and other ozone depleting gases into the ozone layer. This includes emissions from missiles and aircraft.
  • Over 25% of the world’s airplane emissions come from military aircraft. These are a major contributor to climate change gases.
  • The funds required to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals - an end to hunger, universal education, clean water for all, basic housing and health for all, and action on climate change and environmental restoration – have been estimated to be about $120 billion per year for 10 years. This is less than 12% of the world’s military budget.
  • The US spends $50 billion on nuclear weapons programmes annually, and has spent over $5 trillion since 1945 on nuclear weapons.

"Global military expenditures last year exceeded $1.3 trillion...the total costs of nuclear weapons in just one country – the United States – are over $5.8 trillion (since 1945), including future clean-up costs. By any definition, this has been a huge investment of financial and technical resources that could have had many other productive uses." United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2008

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Costa Rica
The country that abolished its army leads a global initiative on disarmament for development.

On 19 November 2009 the United Nations Security Council, under the Presidency of Costa Rica, held an historic open debate on implementation of UN Charter Article 26, which calls for the regulation of armaments in order to ensure the least diversion of human and economic resources from global needs.

The debate was held against a background of increasing global military expenses despite a global economic crisis, and a lack of commitment by governments to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Costa Rica, which has abolished its army and negotiated peace in Central America, offered its experience to countries wishing to move from militarism to cooperative non-military security.

For more information see Costa Rican initiative at the UN Security Council


Military Spending and Finance for Development, International Peace Bureau, 2008

Whose Priorities, International Peace Bureau, 2007

Warfare or Welfare, International Peace Bureau, 2006

The Military’s Impact on the Environment, International Peace Bureau, 2002

No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth, Rosalie Bertell, Bio-statistician, Women’s Press, London, 1985

Bread not Bombs, Senator Douglas Roche, University of Alberta Press, 1999

Nuclear Free Nation

Aotearoa – New Zealand
A Nuclear free pioneer for peace.

Bob Harvey

Video 10th World Summit
of Nobel Peace
NZ Supporters
  • Rt Hon Helen Clark

    Rt Hon Helen Clark, Head of the United Nations Development Programme. Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

  • Dr Kate Dewes

    Dr Kate Dewes. Member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament

  • Kerry Prendergast

    Kerry Prendergast. Mayor of Wellington. Mayor for Peace

  • Maui Solomon

    Maui Solomon. Representative of Moriori from Rekohu (Chatham Islands)

  • Moana Maniapoto

    Moana Maniapoto. Singer/songwriter. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize - International Songwriting Competition

  • Sir Paul Reeves

    Sir Paul Reeves. Former Governor General. Former Arch-Bishop of Aotearoa-New Zealand.

  • Pauline Tangiora

    Pauline Tangiora, Maori elder from the Rongomaiwahine (Women of Peace) Iwi. Member of the World Futures Council

  • Hon Phil Goff

    Hon Phil Goff. Leader of the Opposition

  • Teresa Bergman

    Teresa Bergman. NZ Idol Finalist

Press Releases News

Massive Final Act of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

After traveling 200 thousand kilometers, the international team of the World March arrived today, January 2, at the Park of Study and Reflection Punta de Vacas in Argentina. Close to 20,000 people heard the representatives of the World March from Chile, Argentina, India, Italy, the Philippines, Spain and England that circled the globe calling for nuclear disarmament.

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