Peace Groups and Related

AID/WATCH: An Australian independent monitor of international aid and trade policy” that focuses on the systems that cause poverty and inequality. It campaigns to end the use of aid to further Australia’s economic national interest and the expense of the poor. AID/WATCH challenges Australian government agencies, multilateral agencies, corporations and NGO that use aid and trade to undermine the ability of people in developing countries to determine their own future.

Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition: AABCC campaigns against the militarisation of Australian society and the introduction of new US bases on Australian soil.

Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry (CIWI) and Australians for War Powers Reform (AWPR): Established in 2012, CIWI originally campaigned for “an independent inquiry into the reasons behind Australia’s participation in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, to draw out what lessons can be learned for the future.” AWPR is the key project of CIWI which was established in 2012. AWPR is campaigning “for an independent inquiry into the reasons behind Australia’s participation in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, to draw out what lessons can be learned for the future.”

Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign: GCPC opposes the militarisation of Australian history and seeks to encourage a more critical understanding of Australia’s war experience. With respect to the First World War, this includes the socially divisive impacts of the war on the ‘home front’. GCPC also encourages public discussion on the causes of war and its prevention and seeks to promote a more peaceful and non-violent world through public debates, research, advocacy and a variety of peace actions and projects.

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN): IPAN aims to “(a) promote an independent Australian foreign policy that builds peace and nonviolent resolutions of conflict in our region (b) oppose the establishment of foreign military bases and the deployment of foreign troops and military in Australia and the Asia-Pacific (c) provide information, analysis and opportunities for NGOs, unions, churches and community groups to participate in decision-making on Australia’s peace and security options and (d) build links with peoples and organisations in the Asia-Pacific campaigning for peace and against military bases and troops in the region.”

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN Australia): ICAN Australia “is at the forefront of global efforts to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons. With more than 60 diverse partner organisations nationwide, we aim to raise public awareness about the catastrophic humanitarian harm caused by nuclear weapons and put nuclear disarmament squarely on the Australian political agenda.”

Just Peace Queensland: JPQ seeks to (1) raise awareness of the causes of conflict on a local, national and international level (2) promote and support alternative solutions to war between and within states (3) work for a socially just and peaceful world (4) broaden public discussion and analysis of the causes of war and injustice by focussing on (a) current national and international issues and (b) the social, political and economic effects of globalisation and “western foreign policy” on the world.

Medical Association for the Prevention of War: MAPW “works for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and the prevention of armed conflict. MAPW promotes peace through research, advocacy, peace education and partnerships.”

Pax Christi (Australia): Pax Christi is “an International Christian peace movement with branches in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and individual members throughout Australia.  Members are “involved in peace efforts in the fields of demilitarisation and security, human rights, ecology, development, economic justice and reconciliation.”

Stop the War Coalition (Sydney): Stop the War Coalition aims to stop the so-called “war on terror” declared by the United States in 2001 and supported by successive Labor and Coalition governments.

Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance: Formerly known as WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance, WACA was formed in response to the Australian Government’s hostility towards Wikileaks and its complicity in the United States of America’s continued agenda to criminalise Julian Assange and the work of WikiLeaks.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: Refer to WILPF international listing below. Read more about WILPF’s structure and program in Australia here.

Peace Institutes and Related

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies: CPACS “was established in May 1988 as a specialist research and teaching centre within The University of Sydney to promote the understanding and achievement of peace with justice. This goal coincides with the United Nations international program to create a global and local ‘Culture of Peace’. Peace with justice is not merely the absence of violence. It means the achievement of positive, lasting peace through the elimination of physical, structural, cultural and ecological violence.”

Nautilus Institute: The Nautilus Institute “holds that it is possible to build peace, create security, and restore sustainability for all people in our time. To this end, we convene a community of scholars and practitioners who conduct research on strategies to solve interconnected global problems. With networks of partners, we develop and apply these strategies to the linked threats of nuclear war, urban and energy insecurity, and climate change in the Asia Pacific region. We encourage civil society to strengthen regional governance of these common problems and shared solutions.”

Sydney Peace Foundation: SPF “is a University of Sydney foundation which promotes peace with justice and the practice of non-violence and awards the Sydney Peace Prize, Australia’s only international prize for peace.”


Brooklyn for Peace: Founded in 1984 as Brooklyn Parents for Peace in response to the U.S invasion of Grenada, BFP is “committed to eliminating war and the social injustices that are its causes.” Through active education on international and domestic issues, BFP seeks to empower its members and its local community “to be a productive force in securing a peaceful future for generations to come by building a world where peace is the first response to conflict.” It also seeks to “promote U.S. policies based not on coercion and violence, but on peace, justice, democratic advancement, human rights and respect for international law.” Brooklyn For Peace works to:

  • “Transfer resources from military to human needs, leading to economic and social justice within and among nations
  • Eliminate nuclear, biological, chemical and conventional weapons by all entities in an internationally coordinated process
  • Resolve international conflicts peacefully via the United Nations and the promotion of internationally accepted rules of law.”

Centre for International Policy: CIP is a “nonprofit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Through advocacy and policy research, CIP promotes transparency and accountability in U.S. foreign policy and global relations.  We advocate policies that advance international cooperation, demilitarization, respect for human rights and action to alleviate climate change and stop illicit financial flows. Our work provides policy recommendations and analysis to decision makers in government, international organizations, the private sector and civil society.”

CorpWatch: A non-profit investigative research and journalism agency dedicated to exposing corporate malfeasance and to advocating for multinational corporate accountability and transparency. CorpWatch works to “foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.” “We seek to expose multinational corporations that profit from war, fraud, environmental, human rights and other abuses, and to provide critical information to foster a more informed public and an effective democracy.”

International Peace Bureau: The IPB is “dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910), and over the years 13 of our officers have also been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.” Its 300 member organisations in 70 countries, along with its individual members, form “a global network bringing together expertise and campaigning experience in a common cause”. It has had UN Consultative Status since 1977 and is the Secretariat for the NGO Committee for Disarmament (Geneva). IPB’s “main programme centres on Disarmament for Sustainable Development, of which the Global Day of Action on Military Spending is a key part.”

International Physicians for the Preventions of Nuclear War: IPPNW “is a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 64 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.”

Mayors for Peace: The Mayors for Peace “through close cooperation among the cities, strives to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and contributes to the realization of genuine and lasting world peace by working to eliminate starvation and poverty, assist refugees fleeing local conflict, support human rights, protect the environment, and solve the other problems that threaten peaceful coexistence within the human family.”

Network Opposed to Weapons and Related Production – Aotearoa New Zealand: No WARP! “is dedicated to campaigning for the production and export of socially useful products, not those designed to maim, kill and destroy. We are committed to non-violent ways of expressing our opposition to those who profit from bloodshed and war.”

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF): NAPF’s mission is to educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons, and to empower peace leaders.

Oxford Research Group: ORG “brings together a group of conflict resolution experts, security and international relations specialists, psychologists, media people, political analysts and international lawyers, all linked by a determination to develop alternative solutions to conflict.”

Peace History Society: “The Peace History Society was founded in 1964 to encourage, and coordinate national and international scholarly work to explore and articulate the conditions and causes of peace and war, and to communicate the findings of scholarly work to the public.”

Peace Movement Aotearoa: “The national networking peace organisation in Aotearoa  New Zealand, for anyone who is interested in peace, social justice and human rights.”

RootsAction – RootsAction is a “is an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection — and defunding endless wars.”

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: Established in 1966, SIPRI is “an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.”

Veterans For Peace: VFP is “a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.”

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: WILPF is an “international non-profit anti-war and peace-building organisation of volunteers that brings women together to oppose conflict, violence and global militarisation. WILPF has been doing this since 1915, making us the longest surviving women’s anti-war organisation in the world.”

PeaceWomen: PeaceWomen is a “programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the longest-standing women’s peace organization in the world. PeaceWomen was founded in 2000 to strengthen women’s rights and participation in international peace and security efforts. PeaceWomen monitors, informs, and advocates for women’s’ rights and participation in conflict situations and promotes gender analysis in conflict prevention.”

UNFOLD ZERO: UNFOLD ZERO is a new platform for United Nations (UN) focused initiatives and actions for the achievement of a nuclear weapons free world. It aims to unfold the path to zero nuclear weapons through effective steps and measures facilitated by the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General and other UN bodies.

World War One Centenary Peace Project – Aotearoa: “There has been increasing concern among peace people as the [NZ] government’s World War One (WWI) centenary programme has been unveiled, especially around the topics that are unlikely to be covered in the official programme. These include general issues around militarism, nationalism and national identity, and the privileging of military ‘heroism’ and ‘sacrifice’; as well as specific issues such as how Maori, conscientious objectors, women, and returning soldiers were treated during and after WWI.” From Introductionread more