The ICAN Cities Appeal was endorsed unanimously by the City of Melbourne on 16 October, 2018. Melbourne was the first Australian Council to endorse the Appeal.
Moved by Cr Leppert and seconded by Cr Oke.
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.”
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.