World March New Zealand
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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, Côte 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 in the world

UN Study on Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education

New Zealand played an active role in the UN Study on Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education represented by Dr Kate Dewes from the Disarmament and Security Centre in Christchurch. Alyn Ware, from the Peace Foundation in Wellington, served on the follow-up UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Education. The NZ government established the Disarmament Education United Nations Implementation Fund in order to assist civil society in implementing the recommendations of the UN Study.

UN Secretary-Generals Advisory Board on Disarmament

New Zealand plays an active role in the UN Secretary-Generals Advisory Board on Disarmament represented by Dr Kate Dewes from the Disarmament and Security Centre in Christchurch. The Advisory Board assisted the UN Secretary-General in development of his Five-Point Plan for Disarmament which was released on UN Day in 2008.

Global Campaign for Peace Education

In 2000, New Zealand’s Prime Minister the Rt Hon Helen Clark (now Head of the UN Development Programme), launched the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) in New York during the UN Millennium Summit. GCPE is a network of over 200 educational organizations collaborating to advance peace education in schools and tertiary institutions. GCPE has a number of joint programmes with the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs combining peace education with arms retrieval and disarmament programmes in areas of civil disputes.

World Court case on nuclear weapons

In 1987, as a result of intense pressure on New Zealand by the Western nuclear weapon states to reverse its anti-nuclear policy, anti-nuclear campaigners initiated a campaign to lodge a case in the International Court of Justice (otherwise known as the World Court) on the legality of nuclear weapons. They engaged key international NGOs and like-minded governments to successfully move the World Health Organization and the United Nations General Assembly to take the case to the World Court which gave its historic Advisory Opinion in 1986. The Court concluded that the threat or use of nuclear weapons was generally illegal and that there was an unconditional obligation to negotiate for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

Regional Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones

New Zealand citizens and the government have been active in the promotion and establishment of regional nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs). In 1986 the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty was concluded. The NZ government has joined the Brazilian government in proposing a Southern Hemisphere and Adjacent Areas NWFZ which would include the South Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean, South East Asia, Africa and Antarctica (all of which are already NWFZs). New Zealand disarmament expert Alyn Ware has been working with the governments of Mexico and Mongolia on Conferences of States Parties to the NWFZs (now 113 countries) in order to strengthen their joint voices for a nuclear weapons free world. The first such conference was held in Mexico City in 2005. The next one is scheduled for New York in 2010.

Nuclear Weapons Convention

In 1996 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for the implementation of the World Court’s 1996 Advisory Opinion on nuclear weapons (see World Court Case above) through negotiations that would lead to a Nuclear Weapons Convention – a global treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons and providing a programme for their complete elimination. New Zealanders have been actively involved in the promotion of the NWC through advocacy at the United Nations, drafting a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention (which is now being promoted by the UN Secretary-General), establishment of Abolition 2000 (see below), co-authoring Securing our Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, and engaging key constituencies in promoting a NWC (including mayors, parliamentarians, regional organizations and like-minded governments).

Abolition 2000

New Zealanders were actively involved in the establishment of Abolition 2000, the international network of over 2000 organisations calling for negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention. New Zealanders continue to play a key role in A2000 activities around the world.

Mayors for Peace

Mayors for Peace is an international network of over 2500 mayors and cities supporting the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision for nuclear disarmament through a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Approximately half of New Zealand cities are members of Mayors for Peace. Mayor Bob Harvey (Mayor of Waitakere, Auckland) serves on the Mayors for Peace International Executive Board.

UN Secretary-General’s five-point plan for disarmament

On 24 Oct 2008 (United Nations Day) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a landmark speech at a conference in the United Nations in which he warned about the continued “doctrine of nuclear deterrence which has proven to be contagious.” He announced a five-point plan for disarmament, the first point of which called on governments to fulfil their nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament obligations through negotiating a package of instruments or a comprehensive nuclear weapons convention. New Zealander Alyn Ware helped organise the October 24 conference, which included an in-depth session on the Nuclear Weapons Convention following the UN Secretary-General’s speech. Alyn and other New Zealanders are playing key roles in promoting the UN Secretary-General’s plan.

Parliamentarians’ actions for disarmament

The New Zealand cross-party section of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is taking a lead role in promoting disarmament action by governments. PNND New Zealand has hosted an international parliamentary conference to support the Non-Proliferation Treaty (2004), promoted the Southern Hemisphere and Adjacent Areas NWFZ through a number of actions, launched the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention in parliament (2007), organized parliamentary resolutions supporting nuclear disarmament (2005 and 2007), hosted an event in parliament for the delegates to the Cluster Munitions Wellington negotiating conference (2008), and circulated the parliamentary declaration calling for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Military spending – disarmament for development

New Zealanders have been active in promoting the reduction in military spending (currently over $1 trillion globally) and reallocation of resources towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals of poverty reduction, environmental protection, global health promotion and universal education. The New Zealand Make Poverty History campaign includes a reduction in military spending as a campaign objective. The New Zealand Council for International Development includes disarmament as a key component of development objectives. New Zealander Alyn Ware has led a number of initiatives in his role as Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau to promote the IPB disarmament for development at the UN Summit for Sustainable Development, Nobel Peace Laureate Summits and at the United Nations Security Council.

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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