Council endorses international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons

20/12/2019

Georges River Council has given its unanimous endorsement to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) Cities Appeal, citing deep concerns within the community about the grave threat that nuclear weapons post to communities throughout the world. 

Councillor Warren Tegg raised the Motion at the November 2019 Council meeting, stating that Georges River residents have the right to live in a world free from nuclear threat. 

“The ICAN Cities Appeal is a global call from cities and towns in support of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” said Councillor Tegg. 

“On 7 July 2017, 122 nations voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and all national governments are now invited to sign and ratify the global agreement. 

“The Treaty prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and lays down the foundations for their total elimination. By adding our name, Georges River Council can help build support for the Treaty. 

“Eight NSW councils have supported the ICAN Appeal to date, and I was very pleased that Georges River Council has added its name to that list. 

“We firmly believe that any use of nuclear weapons, either deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. 

“Council has written to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Marise Payne to inform them we have endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal, and to call on the Australian government to sign and ratify the Treaty on behalf of the Australian people,” explained Cr Tegg.