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The World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Non-Violence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. The March will last 90 days, three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. The stages will be the longest American and Asian, both almost a month. A permanent base of a hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey.


In every city the March visits, local individuals and groups will organize forums, meetings, festivals, conferences, and events (sports, cultural, social, musical, artistic, educational, etc., depending on their own creative initiative.

At this time hundreds of projects have already been set in motion by different individuals and organizations.


Who is participating

The March was initiated by “World Without Wars,” an international organization that has been working for 15 years in the fields of pacifism and non-violence.

The World March, however, will be created and shaped by everyone. Open to any person, organization, collective, group, political party, business, etc., that shares the same aspirations and sensibility, this project is not something closed. Instead, it is a journey that will be progressively enriched as different initiatives set their contributions in motion.

That is why this is an invitation to anyone and everyone to participate freely. So that wherever the March goes, the local people can contribute their creativity in a great convergence of multiple activities.

There’s space for everything the imagination is capable of conceiving.

The possible channels of participation are multiple and diverse, including virtual participation in the March through Internet.

This is a march by and for the people, with hopes of reaching most of the world’s population. For this reason we are asking all media to spread the word about this journey around the world for Peace and Non-violence.



Because we can end world hunger with 10% of what is spent on arms. Imagine how life would be if 30-50% of the arms budget went towards improving people’s lives instead of being used for destruction.


Because eliminating wars and violence means leaving human pre-history behind and taking a giant step forward in the evolution of our species.

Because we are accompanied by the voices of all the war-torn generations that came before us. The echo of their voices still resounds throughout the world, wherever armed conflict leaves its sinister memorial to the dead, disappeared, disabled and displaced.

Because a “world without wars” is an image that opens the future and seeks to become reality in every corner of the planet, as violence gives way to dialog.

The moment has come for the voiceless to be heard! Out of agonizing and urgent need, millions of human beings are crying out for an end to wars and violence.

We can make that happen by uniting all the forces of pacifism and active non-violence worldwide.



World Without Wars

The association World Without Wars works to promote and foster all kinds of ideas and actions that have the potential of helping put an end to war in our world. Its methodology of action is based on active nonviolence.


Founder Rafael de la Rubia introduced World Without Wars at the international level for the first time in 1995, at the “Open Encounter of Humanism” at the University of Santiago in Chile, an event attended by delegates from more than 50 countries.


Since that time WWW has been developing numerous activities in many countries on the five continents. Over the last year it has focused on campaigns for worldwide nuclear disarmament.


Convinced that a world without violence is possible, WWW takes its inspiration from the philosophy of Universalist Humanism and the doctrine of its antecedents.


WWW subscribes to and promotes the “Humanist Document,” whose basic tenets are:






In the history of humanity wars have always been present, but the forms they took and the types of suffering they imposed on the populations varied markedly. The first conflicts were sometimes solved in combats between chiefs of clans or tribes, minimizing in this way the number of deaths. At other times the victims in the battle fields were mercenaries of armies to whom kings and noblemen paid the "soldada" for their services. Today, the battle fronts extend to the civilian populations that become their direct and involuntary scenarios in which an army attacks a destitute and defenceless population and by virtue of such an attack their dead become the political weapon of those who "direct" the conflict from another scenario in which they declare war or sign agreements of peace or surrender.


The advances experienced by the human species in its long process in all fields have also happened in the development of the military industry. The step from cutting and impact weapons to gunpowder based ones supposed a remarkable increment in their destructive effects. But the largest leap took place with the appearance of nuclear weapons with which the destructive capacity reached unknown and monstrous proportions. In this way, technological advances applied to the military field produced progressively more devastating conflicts. On the other hand, there is agreement in affirming that the human species has evolved and it has advanced in the last centuries, being today more "civilized". From the point of view of wars both things are in evident contradiction, because in the last centuries, and mainly in the XX century, the brutality, the destruction and the barbarism exercised by those "civilized" people speak otherwise, of a process of increases in conflicts and aggressions more characteristic of a self-destructing madness.


The scientific-technological restrictions happening at the beginning of the nuclear weapons production left them in the hands of a minority that exercised their power by virtue of this monopoly. Conceived to be used basically on the civilian population, their great destructive power was joined by another decisive factor: the enormous dread that took hold of the populations by just considering the possibility of them being used. Science and technology have continued their remarkable advance and as a consequence the number of countries that today are members of the nuclear club is increasing. If we continue in this direction, in just a few years many others hope to also have access to this progressively less select club. In turn, advances in research multiply the destructive capacity of the old bombs ten to a thousand fold, at the same time that their weight is vastly decreased, being able today to carry a nuclear bomb in a small briefcase.


In such dynamics, what future awaits us? A world where a great majority of countries have nuclear weapons? Where technology allows every time smaller nuclear weapons, accessible to fanatics, terrorists or pressure groups wishing to destabilise certain areas? How will all that be regulated?


The USA continues today, against the terms of the Non Proliferation Treaty, to develop tactical nuclear weapons and working on the design of small capability nuclear bombs to be used in a controlled way. Behind it follow Russia, the United Kingdom, China, France and the other countries belonging to this sinister club. The revision of the USA’s nuclear doctrine introduces a novel change: if during the cold war atomic weaponry was always considered the last resort in the event of a military confrontation (the famous deterrence), now it states that nuclear bombs can be used in regional conflicts. For example, the emphasis on the destruction of supposed underground enemy fortresses: The existence of these fortresses or bunkers is being leaked by the US secret services to the press to "prepare" public opinion. Meanwhile, the American war industry, intimately linked to their government, has already begun the production of small tactical nuclear bombs, supposedly capable of destroying those bunkers.





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