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.

‘On Peace’

In-person & on-line

Our Vice-President Martin Bell, known to millions as a distinguished former war correspondent, will exchange ideas with Ben Griffin, a former SAS Soldier.

7 pm Wed 21 September

The Brockway Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

More information here; register here.


It was with great sadness that we heard of the death on 8th June of Bruce Kent, key founder of MAW and our President Emeritus. His obituary is here.


Read the latest Abolish War newsletter, June 2022, which includes:

The Ukraine war – let’s heed the growing calls for a ceasefire

Moving CO ceremony brings past and present into focus

GDAMS highlights cost of missed chances to make a difference

How artists made their mark in plea for peace


View the MAW cartoons “Extinguish War and Save the Earth!” and “Climate Impact of the Arms Industry” on our YouTube channel!

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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!

Obituary: Bruce Kent

22/06/1929 - 08/06/2022 In 1969, Bruce visited Biafra at the height of the Nigerian Civil War – it was his Road to Damascus. He saw the mass starvation of civilians employed as a weapon of war while the British government supplied arms to the Nigerian government. “No other event in…