Although the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was formed in London, 1957, as an organization that opposes military action using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, it was a year later that the peace sign designed as the logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament became the anti-war symbol for the counterculture activists and hippie culture as the symbol for world peace.
|The White Symbol|
Historically, an olive branch and a dove were the peace symbols of early Christians during the Roman Empire times.
|The World Peace Symbol|
Later on, the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso popularized both the dove and the olive branch as peace symbols after World War II. Finally, the hippie movement of the 60´s and 70’s globalized several peace logos, symbols and signs.
The symbol originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement is now widely used as a peace symbol.