The Movement for the Abolition of War

Generations together can abolish war

Generations together can abolish war

The Movement for the Abolition of War (MAW) is part of an ongoing world-wide uprising, challenging the inevitability of war and guided by the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations signed in 1945; a vision of a world in which conflicts are resolved without resort to violence, to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” which to this day continues to bring untold suffering to humankind as well as deepening the climate crisis.

Palestine/Israel: MAW calls for an end to violence, steps towards peace

Movement for the Abolition of War is appalled by the escalation of violence caused by the Hamas atrocities of last Saturday. The mass murder of civilians, particularly children, and the taking of hostages is an outrage against humanity and a flagrant breach of international law.

One war crime, however, does not justify another… (more here)

Acclaimed actor Michael Mears delivered MAW Remembrance Lecture 2023

We are delighted that actor Michael Mears gave this year’s Remembrance Lecture.
It was entitled “The role of the arts and culture in promoting peace and opposing war”
To find out more and see the video, visit

MAW – Annual General Meeting 2023

The AGM was held on 11/11/2023 at the Oasis Hub, 1 Kennington Road, London SE1 7QP,
The AGM included the Chair’s annual report, Treasurer’s Report, election of committee officers and members.
For information about those who stood in the elections, visit

Read the latest Abolish War newsletter, September 2023, which includes:

• Join us to see how arts and culture promote peace and oppose war
• Bruce’s legacy and decades of activism celebrated in booklet
• Bonn sparks plan for COP28 session on military emissions
• Story of Argentinian conscript brought to an English audience

Remembering Bruce

To remember our dear friend and inspiration, Bruce Kent, 1929 – 2022, MAW has produced two commemorative mugs: Hare and Tortoise and UN Charter
You can order from the MAW shop or download the order form

MAW Submission to UN

“MAW is indebted to UNFOLD ZERO for alerting us to this call from the UN Secretary General and for contributing to our submission.” See our full text here

Sign the International Appeal for a Christmastime Peace in Ukraine

MAW is one of a number of peace organisations to have signed this plea for peace
Individuals are also welcome to join in
“We turn to the leaders of the warring parties: let the weapons be silent. Give people a moment of peace and, through this moment, open the way to negotiations.”

Tree for Bruce!

Poem for Bruce

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Nuclear Prohibition

Campaign: ICAN

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons marks the beginning of the end of the military hegemony of the nuclear-armed powers as nation after nation asserts its right to live in a world free of the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Remembrance 2021

‘Walls, Fences and Guns’ – How militarised and racialised capitalism is destroying the world
Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want
2 pm, Sunday 14th November

Climate Change

Campaign: Climate Change

Climate change can increase the risk of violent conflict, so why don’t we redirect some of the funding for military technologies to help tackle climate insecurity?

United Nations

Campaign: United Nations

How do we build up recognition of the UN as the one body which can deal with global problems facing humanity?

Rethinking Security

Campaign: Rethinking Security

We challenge the narrow definition of “security” used by governments to justify military intervention. Human security means adequate food and water, education and healthcare, and a secure place to live on a planet not threatened by climate change.

War is not inevitable! Our aims are to: 

Spread the belief that the abolition of war is both desirable and possible

Raise awareness of constructive alternatives to war for resolving national and international disputes

Develop research-based materials and strategies to educate pupils, students, the general public and members of local and national government

Work with other people and organisations who are already active in the creation of alternatives to war

Inspiration from the Archives!

Day Conference 2019: Save the Earth, Abolish War


Date: Saturday 29th June 2019Venue: Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD The conference examined the theme of militarism and the environment; in particular how military activities contribute to climate change, and how climate change causes conflict. Presentations "Abolishing war – hopeful lessons from history"Peter van den Dungen,…