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No War Conference 2018: Legalizing Peace

When: Friday, September 21, 2018, 5:30 pm to Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9:00 pm
Where: Ontario College of Art and Design • 100 McCaul Street • Toronto

No War 2018


World Beyond War is planning an annual global conference in Toronto on September 21 and 22, 2018, at OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada.

Text and video from No War 2016 and No War 2017 are available online. Reports and videos from this next conference will be made available globally. More information about World Beyond War is here.

Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s Facebook event page.

The conference will take place on Friday Sept 21 (5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., doors open at 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday Sept 22. (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). Local groups may organize a film festival on Sept 20 and a blue-scarf march on Sept 22.

The agenda will include speakers, plenaries, workshops, discussions, poetry, music, and food. Likely topics focused on will include: building the war abolition movement globally and in Canada, using the rule of law against war, system-level designing for peace, Canada’s role in warmaking, global governance, Indigenous rights, new laws against war, protecting the environment from war, departments of peace, science for peace, youth activism, divestment, closing bases, prosecuting the crime of war, truth and reconciliation, remediation, and restitution.


Once a year, World BEYOND War holds a conference to bring people together to meet in person, get organized, and strategize how to maximize our impact for peace in the months ahead. This year we'll be meeting on September 21 and 22 in Toronto, Canada. We encourage those who can't be there to organize local events at the same time to mark the International Day of Peace. Ask us for help! You can even organize events to watch the live stream of the conference from Toronto, or to watch the recorded video in the days or weeks following the conference. Ask us for help!

Contact our organizing director Greta Zarro at email: greta at

Learn more about and reserve your spot for the Toronto conference at

If you've already signed up, please share this with others, and see the LOGISTICS link for information on rides, lodging, etc.


Join World BEYOND War for our annual global conference in Toronto on September 21 and 22, 2018, at OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University), 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada.

At #NoWar2018 we will explore how the rule of law has been used both to restrain war and to legitimize it — and how we can re-design systems to abolish the institution of war and uphold human and ecological justice.

The conference will take place on Friday September 21 (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., doors open at 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday September 22. (9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., doors open at 8:00 a.m.).

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Lambert Lounge, on the first floor of the main building at OCAD University: Inside Iran: Exclusive Book Talk with CODEPINK Co-Founder Medea Benjamin. RSVP.

Sunday, September 23, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Blue Scarf Peace Walk. Meet at Grange Park on Beverly St. just south of Dundas St. W. Get a PDF flyer. Buy some blue scarves.

List of confirmed speakers.


Peace Ambassadors:
Home Rule Globally

Peace Makers:
Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice

War Abolishers:
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Conscience Canada
Justice Travel
Peace Alliance National Dept. of Peacebuilding Campaign
Peace Quest
Science for Peace
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Canadian Peace Initiative
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
#DoItForPeace hosted by Kids for Peace
End War Forever
Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network
World Service Authority

Peace Heroes:
Tighe Barry
Henry Beck
Medea Benjamin
Leah Bolger
John Cabral
Chandler Davis
Patricia Hatch
Carlos Steiner
Colin Stuart

Association of World Citizens
Canadian Peace Research Association
Code Pink
Connecticut Peace and Solidarity Coalition
Environmentalists Against War
Independent Jewish Voices Canada
Just World Educational
Liberty Tree Foundation
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Office of the Americas
On Earth Peace
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service/Campaign Nonviolence
Peace Magazine
Popular Resistance
Reaching Critical Will
Registry of World Citizens in Canada
Toronto Raging Grannies
United for Peace and Justice
U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation
WESPAC Foundation


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