GSI eAlert: PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware to Receive Right Livelihood Award

Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator for the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, will receive the 2009 Right Livelihood Award in recognition of “his effective and creative advocacy and initiatives over two decades to further peace education and to rid the world of nuclear weapons”.

October 12, 2009: Alyn Ware presents the Parliamentarians Declaration Supporting a Nuclear Weapons Convention to
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Other 2009 Laureates include David Suzuki of Canada, Rene Ngongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Catherine Hamlin of Ethiopia.

The Right Livelihood Award Jury gave the following motivation for its choice of Laureates:

“Despite the scientific warnings about the imminent threat and disastrous impacts of climate change and despite our knowledge about solutions, the global response to this crisis is still painfully slow and largely inadequate. At the same time, the threat from nuclear weapons has by no means diminished, and the treatable diseases of poverty shame our common humanity. The 2009 Right Livelihood Award Recipients demonstrate concretely what has to be done in order to tackle climate change, rid the world of nuclear weapons, and provide crucial medical treatment to the poor and marginalised.”

“The principles of peace are the same whether it be in school, at home, in the community or internationally,” said Mr. Ware. “These are primarily about how to solve our conflicts in win/win ways, i.e. in ways that meet all peoples’ needs. My kindergarten teaching was thus good training for my international peace and disarmament work. And when I am back in the classroom, I can help students see that the ideas and approaches they are using to solve their conflicts are similar to the ideas and approaches we use at the United Nations to solve international conflicts.”

» Read more about Alyn Ware’s accomplishments in the field of disarmament and peace education

» Read the press release from the Right Livelihood Awards Jury

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