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Australian cities behind the ban

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:

+ 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.

+ 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.

+ 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.

+ 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.

 

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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