Australian students call for ban
4 February 2013
Students from Gisborne, Australia, today delivered 2,000 hand-folded Japanese paper cranes to Senator Jan McLucas, parliamentary secretary to Australian prime minister Julia Gillard. Half were folded by students from Hiroshima; the rest were folded by students from Gisborne, several of whom visited Hiroshima last October.
Bundles of 1,000 cranes – symbolizing support for nuclear disarmament – will be delivered to every president and prime minister worldwide as part of an ICAN project. Our campaign is urging governments to begin negotiations in 2013 on a global treaty banning nuclear weapons.
More than 140,000 paper cranes have already been delivered to leaders worldwide, and messages of support have been received from the presidents of Afghanistan, Cyprus, Greece, Kazakhstan, the Marshall Islands, Mozambique, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Vanuatu, as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations.Students at Gisborne Secondary College deliver the paper cranes to Senator Jan McLucas.
Senator Jan McLucas (right) hands the paper cranes to Prime Minister Julia Gillard (centre).