Port Phillip, VIC
The ICAN Cities Appeal was endorsed by the City of Port Phillip on 16 October, 2019.
Moved by Cr Katherine Copsey and agreed to with 6 in favour, 1 abstention and 1 opposed.
- Notes that our City 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.
- Supports the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calls on our Federal Government to join it.
- Requests that the Mayor send an email to email@example.com indicating that the City of Port Phillip endorses the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Cities Appeal.
- Writes to inform the Foreign Minister and local federal representatives that the City of Port Phillip has endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal.
- Issues a press release announcing that the City of Port Phillip has joined the call for the national government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
- Take steps to ensure that funds administered by the City of Port Phillip are not invested in companies that produce nuclear weapons, with reference to the information available at www.dontbankonthebomb.com
Image L-R: Cr Brand, Cr Baxter, Margie Beavis, Fred Mendelsohn, Cr Simic and Cr Copsey.
In 2020, Port Phillip Council conducted a review of council investment portfolio and adopted a nuclear-weapons-free investment policy in 2020.
The policy specifically addresses Councils support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (16 October 2019 Council Meeting).
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Council is committed to maximising social and environmental outcomes through the selection of financial institutions and investment products. This commitment supports Council’s Declaration of a Climate Emergency (18 September 2019), the support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (16 October 2019) and Organisational Strategy (2017-21)
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Council does not invest directly in companies that produce nuclear weapons. Wherever practical, Council preferences financial institutions and investment products that do not directly or indirectly fund any activities in the Arms industry.
2021: Councillor Roundtable
Councillor Kat Copsey attended a special Councillors Roundtable hosted by ICAN Australia to celebreate the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weaposns in March 2021.
Screenshots of councillors attending an online Councillor Roundtable in March 2021.