Alyn Ware

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Alyn Ware, a New Zealand advocate, has been a prominent figure in nuclear abolition, peace education, and international law since the 1980s. He founded and coordinated the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and led a successful national campaign banning nuclear weapons in New Zealand in 1987. Ware moved to New York in the late 1980s, engaging in numerous peace initiatives at the United Nations, including serving as Executive Director at the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and coordinating a key International Court of Justice opinion on nuclear weapons. He has spearheaded several significant projects, including the development of a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention and the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Additionally, Ware has implemented peace education programs in New Zealand schools and received numerous awards for his work, including the Right Livelihood Award and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2015.

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Anne Di Lillo

The silver fern plant is endemic to New Zealand, and is widely used as a Symbol of the country’s Athletic teams, and businesses, and is prominent in its coat of arms. Young fronds of the plant emerge as tightly curled spirals, a symbol used by the country’s native Māori to represent new beginnings and peace.

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February 6, 1840
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