Aotearoa/New Zealand Peace Links


The Peace Foundation Aotearoa/New Zealand This site outlines the activities of the Auckland and Wellington offices of the Peace Foundation. It provides excerpts from the Peaceworks newsletter, peace education resources and membership details.

Peace Movement Aotearoa The national networking organisation in Aotearoa/New Zealand for people interested in peace, social justice and human rights. This site has up-to-date action information and key reports on many peace-related issues, plus links to a wide range of peace networks.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Aotearoa Section) Details the work of WILPF in Aotearoa and links to International WILPF sites. This women’s peace organisation was established in 1915 to 'bring together women of different political beliefs and philosophies who are united in their determination to study, make known and help abolish the causes and the legitimisation of war'. WILPF has groups in 37 countries covering all continents, and has consultative status at the UN.

National Consultative Committee on Disarmament The NCCD brings together representatives from NGOs who are keen to see the world become a safer place through disarmament.

Christchurch Peace City In July 2002 Christchurch was officially declared a Peace City – the first in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The declaration shows the city’s commitment to contribute actively to a more peaceful future, through proactive initiatives to build a more peaceful community, country, and world.

New Zealand Campaign Against Landmines Established in 1993 as an umbrella group for all NZ NGOs supporting a call to ban landmines.

Pax Christi (Aotearoa - NZ) A local independent section of an international peace movement founded in the Catholic Church in France in 1945.

Centre for Justice and Peace Development (Massey University, Auckland) An interdisciplinary research centre, providing a focal point for the development and study of the relationship between justice and peace in the Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

Council for International Development CID works to achieve effective high quality international development programmes which focus on the alleviation and eradication of poverty. It works to enhance the capacity and participation of member agencies, the New Zealand Government and other sectors of the New Zealand community.

United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ)

Engineers for Social Responsibility An independent group of engineers whose aims include raising the awareness of the engineering profession to the consequences of its activities, and explaining and discussing the ramifications of developments in engineering and engineering works to the public.

Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre This centre was established at Otago University in 2008.

 

International Peace/Disarmament Links


United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

UN Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education The UN Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education was completed in 2003. This site contains the full text of the report plus a wide variety of UN-produced educational materials on peace education.

Reaching Critical Will Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, RCW covers in great detail the main UN Disarmament Conferences and Resolutions. It seeks to increase the quality and quantity of NGO engagement with official disarmament mechanisms and processes.

Middle Powers Initiative Contains details of the eight NGOs who co-sponsor MPI and their programme activities.

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament A non-partisan forum for parliamentarians nationally and internationally to share resources and information, develop cooperative strategies and engage in nuclear disarmament issues, initiatives and arenas.

International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms IALANA was a World Court Project co-sponsor. The site contains a bibliography of articles on the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion, and a copy of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy The US branch of IALANA which was extremely active on the World Court Project. It has an extensive list of publications associated with the World Court Opinion and analysis on UN disarmament resolutions.

International Peace Bureau Founded in 1892, the IPB won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910. It has consultative status at the United Nations and was one of the co-sponsors of the World Court Project. This site contains information about its programmes on nuclear disarmament, women, conflicts and the 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace Conference. It also contains links to member organisations and publications.

Hague Appeal for Peace The Hague Appeal for Peace is an international network of individuals and organisations dedicated to sowing the seeds for the abolition of war through advocacy and training in peace education.

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War IPPNW was another cosponsor of the World Court Project. It is the only international medical organization dedicated to preventing nuclear war and abolishing nuclear weapons. IPPNW is committed to ending war and advancing understanding of the causes of armed conflict from a public health perspective. This site includes their programmes, publications and membership details.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation A US anti-nuclear organisation which provides regular electronic newsletters including details of forthcoming actions. There are some useful articles under the "International Law" section.

Abolition 2000 Abolition 2000 is a network of over 2000 organisations in more than 90 countries worldwide working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons.

The Acronym Institute A useful scholarly site which includes the full text of important documents such as the 1998 New Agenda Coalition statement, "A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World. The Need for a New Agenda" by Ireland, Sweden, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, Egypt and New Zealand. Publishes regular reports from the Conference on Disarmament and the UN General Assembly as well as its respected quarterly Disarmament Diplomacy journal.

Oxford Research Group Working with policy-makers, academics, the military and civil society to promote a more sustainable approach to security. Its research identifies the root causes of conflict, tries to predict future threats, and promotes practical peaceful policy responses for dealing with them.

Nuclear Darkness Describes the environmental consequences of nuclear war, which include climate change and massive destruction of the Earth's protective ozone layer. Urban firestorms from nuclear detonations would generate millions of tons of smoke, which would rise above cloud level and form a stratospheric smoke layer. This would block sunlight from reaching the Earth's surface, causing Ice Age weather conditions, shortening or eliminating growing seasons for years, with consequent famine on top of poisoning from radioactive fallout.

International Committee of the Red Cross A useful site for background information about attempts to outlaw inhumane weapons, eg. cluster munitions and landmines.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Launched by doctors and medical professionals working in 60 countries, joining with mayors, civil society groups, non-government organisations, churches and citizens to demand an end to nuclear weapons through a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Bradford Peace Museum The World Court Project’s 3.8 million Declarations of Public Conscience are stored at this innovative, modern peace museum. This website features a 3D virtual model of the physical site, so that (web) visitors can view parts of the collection online as it appears ‘in the flesh’.

Hiroshima Peace Media Centre This media centre offers articles by leading voices for nuclear abolition, including hibakusha. It has photos of the devastation of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and it publishes Peace Seeds written by young people.

Nonviolent Peaceforce Nonviolent Peaceforce is an unarmed, professional civilian peacekeeping force that is invited to work in conflict zones worldwide. With international headquarters in Brussels, Nonviolent Peaceforce has worked in the conflict areas of Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Guatemala. Among other activities, it works with local groups to foster dialogue among parties in conflict, provide a proactive presence and safe spaces for civilians, and develop local capacity to prevent violence. Its staff includes veterans of conflict zones and experienced peacekeepers.

Daisy Alliance A nonpartisan peace organization that educates the public about the devastation nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons are capable of inflicting and the threat they pose to civilization. Daisy Alliance works to improve global peace and security by reducing the threat or use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) through the rule of international law