CITIES APPEAL:

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.

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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organisations in more than one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the treaty.

ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to raise awareness of the devastating humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and for our role in achieving the treaty.