Sign the Pledge

At this September’s 2021 Full B&NES Council I urged all Councillors to sign the ”Nuclear Ban Communities Pledge”

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)  is asking that all Councillors pledge a commitment to promote the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons within their elected chamber. I am therefore proposing that this Chamber pledges that B&NES Council commits and signs the ICAN pledge and calls on the British Government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear Weapons.

In the first resolution in 1946 of the UN General Assembly, it called for “the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.” Advocating the importance of nuclear disarmament and nuclear weapon free world

The Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

In a statement from the Noble committee they said “We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavour to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. On 7 July 2017, 122 of the UN member states adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As soon as the treaty has been ratified by 50 states, the ban on nuclear weapons will enter into force and will be binding under international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty.

Five of the states that currently have nuclear weapons – USA, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China – have already committed to this objective through their accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1970. The Non-Proliferation Treaty will remain the primary international legal instrument for promoting nuclear disarmament and preventing the further spread of such weapons.

All life on earth is still under the shadow of nuclear bombs and the calamitous environmental impact that dropping them would and does cause. I therefore call upon all Councillors in Bath and North East Somerset Council to sign the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons pledge.

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