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The ICAN Cities Appeal is a global call from cities and towns in support of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Nuclear weapons pose an unacceptable threat to people everywhere. This is why, on 7 July 2017, 122 nations voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. All national governments are now invited to sign and ratify this crucial global agreement, which prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and lays the foundations for their total elimination. Cities and towns can help build support for the treaty by endorsing the ICAN Cities Appeal.

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ICAN Cities Appeal

Our city/town is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment.

Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.

Endorsed by:

+ Augusta Margaret River, WA

Endorsed unanimously by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River on 22 May 2019.

MOTION

CR TOWNSHEND, CR LANE

That Council:

1. Endorses the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Cities Appeal as stated:

“Our Shire is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, the Shire Council warmly welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”

2. The Shire President writes to the Prime Minister, The Minister for Foreign Affairs and ICAN Australia advising of this endorsement;

3. Congratulates ICAN for its advocacy and leadership in the passage of the United Nations (UN) Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize;

4. Notes that the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is an Australian member of Mayors for Peace, an organisation with the mission to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and contribute to world peace; and

5. Notes that the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons:

(a) is the first ever treaty to explicitly prohibit all aspects of the development, production, possession, transfer, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, or assistance or encouragement to engage in any of these prohibited activities;

(b) was passed by a majority of countries at the UN on 7 July 2017 and will come into effect when 50 countries have signed and ratified it;

(c) has been signed by 70 countries and ratified by 23 including New Zealand; and

(d) has not been signed or ratified by the Australian Government.

CARRIED 7/0

+ Bayside, NSW

Endorsed unanimously by the Bayside Council on 13 February, 2019.

“That Council endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal noting that Bayside Council “is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”

That Council writes to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to inform them that Council endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal and now calls for the government to sign and ratify the Treaty on behalf of the Australian people.

That Council issues a media release announcing Council’s endorsement of the ICAN Cities Appeal.”

Image: Bayside City Councillors with ICAN Australia board member Daryl Le Cornu.

+ Benalla, VIC

Endorsed by Benalla Rural City Council on 22 May, 2019.

A motion was moved by Cr Firth and Cr Upston:

1.     That the Council endorses the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Cities Appeal:

“Our city/town is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”

2.     That the Mayor write to the Australian Prime Minister, relevant Australian Government ministers and the Federal Member for Indi advising of the Council’s endorsement of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons Cities Appeal.

Carried.

+ Blue Mountains, NSW

Endorsed by Blue Mountains City Council on 29 January, 2019.

A MOTION was MOVED by Councillors Greenhill and Van der Kley:

1.     That the Council endorses the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Cities Appeal as stated:

“Our city/town is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.” and

2.     That the Council writes to the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Susan Templeman, Member for Macquarie and ICAN Australia advising of this endorsement.

Upon being PUT to the Meeting, the MOTION was CARRIED, the vote being UNANIMOUS.

+ Canberra, ACT

Canberra declared its support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 20 September 2018, the first anniversary of the Treaty opening for signature. The following motion was unanimously passed by the ACT Government welcoming the Nobel Peace Ride to Canberra and calling on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the Treaty.

Australian Capital Territory, Legislative Assembly, 20 September 2018

Nobel peace ride

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (12.05): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) welcomes the arrival in Canberra of representatives of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on the Nobel Peace Ride;

(2) congratulates ICAN for its advocacy and leadership in the passage of the United Nations (UN) Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize;

(3) notes that the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons:

(a) is the first ever treaty to explicitly prohibit all aspects of the development, production, possession, transfer, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, or assistance or encouragement to engage in any of these prohibited activities;

(b) was passed by a majority of countries at the UN on 7 July 2017 and will come into effect when 50 countries have signed and ratified it;

(c) has been signed by 60 countries and ratified by 15 including New Zealand; and

(d) has not been signed or ratified by the Australian Government; and (4) calls on Members of the Legislative Assembly to:

(a) join with other city and state governments around the world in passing a resolution in support of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;

(b) sign the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge in support of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and

(c) urge the Australian Government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Click here to view the transcript of statements made by Yvette Berry MLA, Shane Rattenbury MLA, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA, Caroline Le Couteur MLA and Tara Cheyne MLA.

+ Darebin, VIC

Endorsed by Darebin City Council on 3 December 2018.

The Mayor of Darebin, Cr Susan Rennie, announced the Council’s endorsement of the ICAN Cities Appeal at a ceremony launching a public mural project to honour ICAN on December 10.

Council Resolution:

MOVED: Cr. T McCarthy, SECONDED: Cr. K Le Cerf

That Council:

MINUTE NO. 18-011

(1) Endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal, that is, that Darebin City Council “is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”

(2) Writes to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs informing them that Council has endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal and call for the government to sign and ratify the Treaty on behalf of the Australian people.

(3) Issue a media release announcing Council’s endorsement of the ICAN Cities Appeal.

CARRIED (3 December 2018).

Image: ICAN flag flying outside Preston City Hall on 10 December 2018.

+ Fremantle, WA

Endorsed by Mayor Brad Pettit on 20 November 2018.

The Cities Appeal is consistent with the formal and ongoing “Nuclear Free Fremantle” policy. Fremantle is the lead city for the Mayors for Peace network in Australia.

The Mayor has communicated the City of Fremantle’s endorsement of the Cities Appeal to Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Marise Payne, and the Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Penny Wong.

+ Hobart, TAS

Endorsed on 15 April 2019.

Motion

Given the lack of action by the federal government on signing the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2017), and the ongoing concern of Hobart residents about the threat nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world, the City of Hobart:

  1. Endorse and join the ICAN Cities Appeal for a nuclear weapons-free planet. The UN Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Treaty is the first treaty to comprehensively outlaw nuclear weapons, setting out a pathway for their total elimination.
  2. Write to the federal government, leader of the Opposition Party and other parties endorsing the ICAN Cities Appeal.
  3. Ensure that funds administered by the City of Hobart are not invested in companies that produce nuclear weapons.
  4. Issue a press release announcing that Hobart has joined other cities across the world to call on their governments to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

+ Inner West, NSW

Endorsed unanimously on 13 November 2018. Motion moved by Cr Louise Steer and seconded by Cr Sam Iskandar.

Motion:

THAT:

1.   Council congratulates ICAN on its historic achievement of winning the Nobel Peace Prize and its valuable contribution toward global nuclear disarmament;

2.   Council endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal which states that: “Our city is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2018, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”;

3.   The Mayor writes on behalf of Inner West Council to the Foreign Affairs Minister calling for the Australian government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on behalf of the Australian people; and

4.   Council:

a)   Review its investment policy to ascertain whether it invests in any financial institution that support the production of nuclear weapons with a view to divesting any such investments; and

b)    Report to councillors on the outcome of the review within 2 months of this motion.

Background

Nuclear weapons cause massive environmental destruction and their effects on human and animal health, by causing genetic mutations, lasts for generations. These effects include cancer and severe birth defects. There is ample scientific research that confirms the ongoing detriment caused by nuclear weapons.

Before amalgamation, the former councils of Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield declared their council areas to be nuclear free zones and that policy continues for Inner West Council.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), established in Australia in 2007, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a global treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

On 7 July 2017, 122 nations voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (“the Treaty”).

At this time the Treaty has been signed by 69 nations and ratified by 19 nations. Once ratified by 50 nations, it will enter into force.

While the Australian Government supports the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, it has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty.

ICAN has launched the Cities Appeal, a campaign for towns and cities to voice their concern for the consequences of nuclear weapons and endorse the Treaty.

+ Lismore, NSW

Endorsed on 13 November 2018. Motion moved by Crs Smith and Marks.

RESOLVED that Council

  1. note that the city of Lismore is one of the founding Australian members of Mayors for Peace, an organisation of which the mission is to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and contribute to genuine and lasting world peace; and, our support for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and our commitment to contributing to a safer and more peaceful world;
  2. endorse the ICAN Cities Appeal, that is, that the city of Lismore “is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”; and
  3. request that the Mayor write to the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, the Federal Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, and the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, expressing this view.

(Councillors Smith/Marks)(BP18/1569)

Voting for: Councillors Bird, Cook, Ekins, Guise, Lloyd, Marks, Moorhouse and Smith

Voting against: Councillors Battista, Bennett and Casson

+ Melbourne, VIC

Endorsed unanimously on 16 October 2018. Motion moved by Cr Leppert and seconded by Cr Oke.

Motion

1. That Future Melbourne Committee:

1.1. Notes that the City of Melbourne:

1.1.1. Is a member of Mayors for Peace, the mission of which is to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and contribute to the realisation of genuine and lasting world peace.

1.1.2. Proudly supports the work of 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Winner the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), founded in the City of Melbourne.

1.2. Endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal, that is, that the City of Melbourne “is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”

Background

The ICAN Cities Appeal is a campaign run by ICAN. ICAN is approaching a large number of Councils and is using responses from Councils to advocate to government.

+ Moreland, VIC

Endorsed on 12 December 2018.

Resolution

Cr Abboud moved, Cr Bolton seconded -

That Council:

1.        Endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal which states that:

Our city is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2018, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.

2.        Writes to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, calling for the government to sign and ratify the Treaty on behalf of the Australian people.

3.        Write to ICAN to inform them of Councils decision to join the ICAN cities appeal.

Carried

+ Newcastle, NSW

Endorsed 26 February 2019.

City of Newcastle Commitment Statement:

“City of Newcastle is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons post to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, where deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for our people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”

Councillors: Cr Byrne, Cr Clausen, Cr Duncan, Cr Dunn, Cr Nelmes, Cr White and Cr Winney-Baartz.

Image: ICAN Australia board member Dr Sue Wareham delivers an ICAN flag to the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Nuatali Nelmes.

+ Randwick, NSW

Endorsed on 27 November 2018, moved by Randwick Mayor, Cr Kathy Neilson.

“RESOLUTION: (Mayor, Cr Neilson) that Council:

a)         endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and

b)        writes to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and our Local Federal MPs to advise that Randwick Council has endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal.”

+ Sydney, NSW

Endorsed unanimously on 29 October 2018, moved by Councillor Scully and seconded by Councillor Scott.

It is resolved that:

(A) Council note:

(i) the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), originally established in Australia in 2007, were awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their ground-breaking efforts to achieve a global treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons;

(ii) on 7 July 2017, 122 nations voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (“the Treaty”);

(iii) at this time the Treaty has been signed by 69 nations and ratified by 19 nations. Once ratified by 50 nations, it will enter into force;

(iv) while the Australian Government supports the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, it has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty;

(v) cities in the United States independently began to add their support to this cause, and inspired by them, ICAN will soon launch the Cities Appeal, a campaign for towns and cities to voice their concern for the consequences of nuclear weapons and endorse the Treaty; and

(vi) the City of Sydney is a member of Mayors for Peace, an international organisation which calls for nuclear disarmament;

(B) Council congratulate ICAN on their historic achievement and contribution toward global nuclear disarmament;

(C) the City of Sydney endorse the ICAN Cities Appeal which states that:
“Our city is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2018, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay”; and

(D) the Lord Mayor be requested to write to the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, the Federal Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, and the Hon. Doctor Richard di Natale, calling for the government to sign and ratify the Treaty on behalf of the Australian people.

+ Wollongong, NSW

Endorsed on 12 February 2019.

ICAN Cities Appeal

Wollongong City Council declared its local government area a nuclear free zone in 1980 and reaffirmed this nuclear-free stance in 2006. The ICAN Cities Appeal is consistent with the  Council’s ongoing nuclear free position and our fears about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to the future of humanity. Wollongong City Council firmly believes that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. The production and deployment of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for humanity and the environment.

Therefore, Wollongong City Council welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.

I have written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs to advise that Wollongong City Council endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal.

Lord Mayor

Cr Gordon Bradbery AM

Wollongong City Council

+ Yarra, VIC

Endorsed on 18 December 2018.

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

1. That in the matter of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), originally established in Australia in 2007 and awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their ground-breaking efforts to achieve a global treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons, Council:

  1. (a)  congratulate ICAN on their historic achievement and contribution toward global nuclear disarmament;
  2. (b)  endorse the ICAN Cities Appeal which states that:”Our city is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long- lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2018, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay”; and
  3. (c)  request the Mayor to write to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, calling for the Federal Government to sign and ratify the Treaty on behalf of the Australian people.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

+ Yarra Ranges, VIC

Endorsed on 18 December 2018.

The Yarra Ranges Youth Reference Group is advocating to the Federal Government to ensure Australia signs the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty to keep communities and the environment safe around the world.

Council endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal, a campaign led by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) at its 18 December Council meeting, asking the Federal Government to ‘sign and ratify the ban treaty without delay’.

Youth Reference Group member Carly from Mooroolbark said the group met regularly to discuss a range of social and cultural issues.

‘We have been discussing the threat that nuclear weapons pose, how disappointing it is that Australia hasn’t signed it, and the role that everyone can play to bring this attention of the Federal Government,’ Carly said.

‘We want the Prime Minister to take action and sign the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty.

Continue reading here.

How to endorse:

The mayor or administrator of the local government should send an email to info@icanw.org indicating that the city/ town has agreed to endorse the ICAN Cities Appeal. This appeal is for local governments of cities/towns in nations that have not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Suggestions for further action:
  1. Write to the national government: Inform the foreign minister or other relevant o cial that your city/town has endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal.
  2. Inform the media: Issue a press release announcing that your city/town has joined the call for the national government
    to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  3. Inform your residents: Distribute information or hold a public exhibition about the threat of nuclear weapons and global e orts to eliminate this threat.
  4. Divest public funds: Take steps to ensure that funds administered by your city/town are not invested in companies that produce nuclear weapons. See www.dontbankonthebomb.com.

 


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