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
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
Other media links:
- Alyn Ware receives 2009 Right Livelihood Award, Scoop,
- “Alternative Nobel Prize” for Alyn Ware, World March Coordinator for New Zealand – Aotearoa, Pressenza, 14 October 2009.
- Peace campaigner wins ‘other’ Nobel, The New Zealand Herald, Friday Oct 16, 2009
- Barack and Alyn, by Roger Smith, Common Dreams, 15 October 2009
- Activists win ‘alternative Nobel’, BBC Radio, 13 October 2009
- Alternative Nobel goes to Kiwi peace activist, Phil Twyford, NZ Labour Party, 14 October 2009.
- Congolese environmentalist, 3 other activists win Right Livelihood Award, founded as alternative to Nobels, Associated Press, 14 October 2009
- Alternative Nobel’ to Africa, New Zealand, Karl Ritter, Associated Press, 13 October 2009.
- Nuclear free work gains international recognition, Scoop, 14 October 2009
- Alternative Nobel’ awards unveiled in Stockholm, Voice of Russia, 16 October
- NZ activist, Oz doc get ‘Alternative Nobel’, Indian Express, 13 October
- ‘Alternative Nobel’ award goes to Africa and New Zealand, Today’s Zaman, 16 October
- NZ Peace campaigner wins major international award, Radio New Zealand, 15 October.
- ‘Alternative Nobel’ goes to two activists, doctor, China Daily, 14 October.
Jonathan Granoff is the President of the Global Security Institute, a representative to United Nations of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, a former Adjunct Professor of International Law at Widener University School of Law, and Senior Advisor to the Committee on National Security American Bar Association International Law Section.