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.

Sat 29 October, Oxford, 10.30am – 5pm. War and climate emergency: a day school for climate and peace campaigners

(sponsored by MAW)

to be held at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BT.

There will be speakers in the morning and follow-up workshops in the afternoon.

For more information and to register: Details and registration (free or donation) at

or contact


Applications are invited from young people aged between 18 and 34 for small grants from the Becky Garnault fund for projects which promote peace, reconciliation and/or environmentalism. The closing date for this year’s applications is 31 October 2022.

More information 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, September 2022, which includes:

Remembering Bruce, man of peace

Helping climate and peace activists find the way forward

Bruce and MAW: Banners, microphone – and a smile

First TPNW meeting is hailed a success despite UK absence


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!

Nuclear Weapon Ban Ratified!

Frances & Sally (R) spreading the good news in Abingdon

MAW celebrations as Nuclear Prohibition Treaty is ratified MAW members will be among the millions of people delighted to know that The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which opened for signature at UN in New York on 20 September 2017, entered into force on 22 January 2021 when…