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.

MAW opposes the installation of new nuclear weapons at Lakenheath.
Read the full statement at

MAW conference: “Alternatives to War in a Time of Global Crisis”
Saturday 14th September, 10.30 am – 4 pm
Sands Film Studio, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4HZ, or online
Confirmed speakers: Paul Rogers, Diana Francis, John Gittings, Jonathan Cohen, Andrei Gomez-Suarez,
Gwen Burnyeat and Tanya Hubbard.
More information at

Read the latest Abolish War newsletter, May 2024, which includes:
• Ukraine and the Middle East – bring on the diplomats
• Conference to seek alternatives to war in a time of global crisis
• Events in London and across the country will mark CO Day
• Tim’s pedal power will help Palestinians

MAW Zoom event Friday 10 May 2024, 7pm
From COP28 to COP29
Deborah Burton spoke about TPNS’s COP28 Military Emissions events,
and looked forward to COP29 in Azerbaijan.
Learn more about the event here
View it here:

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)

COP 28

Maybe you can’t be in Dubai but there are various meetings you can attend. Four are on UNFCCC YouTube channel, and one is on Zoom. The details are on this page:

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

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 2023

MAW Remembrance Lecture for 2023.
The role of the arts and culture in promoting peace and opposing war

Fifty people were privileged to hear Michael Mears, when he gave the 2023 MAW Remembrance Lecture in the lovely auditorium at the Oasis Hub in Waterloo.

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!

Build Back Better? A lost opportunity

Atom bomb/Setsuko Thurlow

In January we celebrated the entry into force of the new UN treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, but our joy was short-lived. On 26/02/21, we heard from Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey that Labour’s support for the ‘nuclear deterrent’ is ‘non-negotiable’. Much worse was to come with the publication of the…