Inner West Council calls on Morrison government to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

At its last online meeting for the year on December 8, 2020, the Inner West Council endorsed the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ Cities Appeal.

MPG congratulates Council for endorsing ICAN’s Cities Appeal.

The global Cities Appeal states:

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.

Council’s motion:

  • Welcomed the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 January 2021;
  • Called on the national government to sign and ratify the treaty without delay; and
  • Commits Council to writing to the Prime Minister calling on the Australian Government to ratify the 2017 United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The full text of motion C1220(1) Item 25 can be found here and here.

ICAN’s letter to Council can be read here.

Nick Deane’s address to Councillors on the motion can be accessed via the Ordinary Council Meeting Webcast, December 8, 2020, Part 1 – segment runs from 26.45mins to 30.36mins.

More information on ICAN’s Cities Appeal across Australia can be accessed here.

Update: A recent interview with Tilman Ruff, founding chairperson of ICAN, was broadcast on 3RRR’s program, The Grapevine, on January 11, 2021. It covers the history of ICAN and the strategy behind the campaign to establish the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The interview can be heard here.  (Start the program then click right hand arrow in red program box, top right of screen, to open audio control panel. The segment runs from 12.28mins to 35.25 mins).

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