Model City Council Proclamation


Many cities have pledged their support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by joining the ICAN Cities appeal. This model proclamation is a tool to reinvigorate the city's commitment to a nuclear weapons free world and draw attention to the resources wasted on the bomb.

MODEL City Council Proclamation 

“Money for cities not nuclear weapons”

WHEREAS, nuclear weapons are designed to cause massive catastrophic humanitarian and environmental harm which could not be adequately addressed; and

WHEREAS, the threat of nuclear weapons use is higher than it has ever been; and 

WHEREAS, The United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force in January 2021, and cities including New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Berlin, Sydney, Paris, and Toronto have urged their governments to join; and

WHEREAS, a new nuclear arms race is occuring, costing more than $90 billion last year alone; and

WHEREAS, the resources diverted to nuclear would better serve our community through investments in public education, health care, sustainable infrastructure and housing; and 

WHEREAS, this city has already subscribe to the ICAN City appeal; and 

WHEREAS, it was the efforts of concerned citizens, including in our community, whose efforts helped halt the last nuclear arms race; 

NOW THEREFORE, the City Council calls on the national government to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and redirect resources away from nuclear weapons and towards the needs of citizens.

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