The Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign is only one element in the global movement for peace. It works cooperatively and positively with the many excellent organisations and individuals who are campaigning for peace with justice for all the citizens of this planet.
The concept of non-lethal weaponry in conflict resolution was developed by various individuals over the latter part of the 20th Century. (See ‘The Early History of NLWs’). The aim of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign is to combine those concepts with various other initiatives and promote their use by governments and peace-keeping agencies around the world. A number of the proposed strategies of the Campaign are outlined in the book Taming War – Culture and Technology for Peace by Andrew Greig (Peace Power Press 2007).
The Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign started life as ‘The Non-Lethal Weapons Campaign” in 2009. However it became apparent that the focus of the campaign needed to be more clearly defined and the title was changed to include the phrase ‘for Peace’ in June 2011.
Reflection continued and it was realised that this title was not completely satisfactory. The term ‘weapons’ had connotations of violence. As well, the campaign was concerned with the whole range of technology beyond ‘just weapons’.
As a consequence the Non-lethal Weapons for Peace Campaign was renamed once more. The Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign came into existence on 17 May 2013.
At this stage (March 2016) the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign has no formal structure. It’s an informal movement which encourages the involvement of people and organisations that support its aims.
The Campaign has no paid staff. The Coordinator, Andrew Greig, is assisted by various volunteers for different activities. (Hopefully, they receive due acknowledgement. Apologies to any contributors who have not yet been recognised.)
So far, the Campaign has had no formal budget. Costs to date (March 2016) have indeed been minor (for example web hosting, stationery and telephone calls). All of them so far have been borne by the Coordinator, Andrew Greig.