Parliamentary Appeal

September 20, 2013

Parliamentarians have a vital role to play in advancing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. This ICAN appeal aims to build global support for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. It will be presented at various intergovernmental meetings in 2013 and 2014 aimed at promoting nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

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Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban
We, the undersigned parliamentarians,

conscious of our duty to protect and promote the safety and well-being of the people we represent, express our deep concern at the continuing threat posed by many thousands of nuclear weapons across the globe. Any use of these ultimate weapons of mass destruction – whether by accident, miscalculation or design – would have catastrophic consequences for humanity and the planet as a whole.

The only way to guarantee that they will never be used again is to outlaw and eliminate them without further delay. We call upon all national governments to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons and leading to their complete eradication. A global ban on nuclear weapons is a humanitarian imperative of the highest order. It is necessary, feasible and increasingly urgent.

Signed by 262 parliamentarians in 12 countries:

+ Afghanistan

Ms Ruqia Naiel MP
Mr Habiba Sadaat MP
+ Australia

Federal Parliament

Mr Adam Bandt MP
Senator Simon Birmingham
Senator the Hon Doug Cameron
Mr Darren Cheeseman MP
Senator Trish Crossin
Senator Richard Di Natale
Mr Peter Garrett MP
Ms Sharon Grierson MP
Ms Jill Hall MP
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
Mr Stephen Jones MP
Mr Andrew Leigh MP
Senator Sue Lines
Senator Scott Ludlam
Senator Kate Lundy
Senator Gavin Marshall
Senator Christine Milne
Mr Rob Mitchell MP
Senator Claire Moore
Hon Judi Moylan MP
Mr Ken O’Dowd MP
Hon Melissa Parke MP
Mr Graham Perrett MP
Senator Louise Pratt
Senator Lee Rhiannon
Ms Janelle Saffin MP
Senator Rachel Siewert
Senator the Hon Lisa Singh
Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens
Mr Kelvin Thomson MP
Senator the Hon Lin Thorp
Dr Mal Washer MP
Senator Larissa Waters
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
Mr Andrew Wilkie MP
Senator Penny Wright
Mr Tony Zappia MP


ACT Parliament

Mr Andrew Barr MLA
Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA


NSW Parliament

Ms Mehreen Faruqi MLC
Mr Luke Foley MLC
Mr Alex Greenwich MP
Mr John Kaye MLC
Mr Jamie Parker MP
Ms Penny Sharpe MLC
Mr David Shoebridge MLC


Queensland Parliament

Mr Tim Mulherin MP
Ms Jackie Trad MP


SA Parliament

Hon Tammy Franks MLC
Hon John Gazzola MLC
Ms Leesa Vlahos MP
Ms Kelly Vincent MLC
Hon Mark Parnell MLC


Tasmanian Parliament

Premier Lara Giddings
Mr Nick McKim MP
Ms Adriana Taylor MLC
Hon Rob Valentine MLC


Victorian Parliament

Mr Greg Barber MP
Ms Candy Broad MP
Mr Anthony Carbines MP
Mr Martin Foley MP
Ms Jane Garrett MP
Mr Steve Herbert MP
Ms Jennifer Kanis MP
Mr Don Nardella MLA
Ms Sue Pennicuik MLC
Mr Johan Scheffer MLC


WA Parliament

Mr Robin Chapple MLC
Ms Alanna Clohesy MLC
Mr Stephen Dawson MLC
Hon Dave Grills MLC
Mr David Kelly MLA
Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC
Mr Chris Tellentire MP
+ Bangladesh

Mr Md. Abu Talha MP
+ Canada

Mr Malcolm Allen MP
Mr Charlie Angus MP
Ms Niki Ashton MP
Mr Alex Atamanenko MP
M Robert Aubin MP
Mme Paulina Ayala MP
Mr Tyrone Benskin MP
Mr Dennis Bevington MP
M Denis Blanchette MP
Ms Lysanne Blanchette-Lamothe MP
Mme Françoise Boivin MP
Mme Charmaine Borg MP
M Alexandre Boulerice MP
Mme Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet MP
M Tarik Brahmi MP
Ms Ruth Ellen Brosseau MP
M Guy Caron MP
Mr Andrew Cash MP
Ms Chris Charlton MP
M Sylvain Chicoine MP
Mr Robert Chisholm MP
M François Choquette MP
Ms Olivia Chow MP
Mr David Christopherson MP
Mr Ryan Cleary MP
Mr Joe Comartin MP
M Raymond Côté MP
Ms Jean Crowder MP
Mr Nathan Cullen MP
Mr Don Davies MP
Ms Libby Davies MP
Mme Anne-Marie Day MP
Mr Paul Dewar MP
M Pierre Dionne Labelle MP
Mr Fin Donnelly MP
Mme Rosane Doré Lefebvre MP
M Matthew Dubé MP
Ms Linda Duncan MP
M Pierre-Luc Dusseault MP
Mme Mylene Freeman MP
Mr Randall Garrison MP
M Réjean Genest MP
M Johnathan Genest-Jourdin MP
M Alain Giguère MP
M Yvon Godin MP
Mr Claude Gravelle MP
Mme Sadia Groguhé MP
Mr Dan Harris MP
Mr Jack Harris MP
Ms Sana Hassainia MP
Ms Carol Hughes MP
Mr Bruce Hyer MP
M Pierre Jacob MP
Mr Peter Julian MP
Mr Matthew Kellway MP
M François Lapointe MP
M Jean-François Larose MP
Mme Alexandrine Latendresse MP
Mme Hélène Laverdière MP
Mme Hélène Leblanc MP
Ms Megan Leslie MP
Mme Laurin Liu MP
Mr Hoang Mai MP
Mr Wayne Marston MP
Mr Pat Martin MP
Mr Brian Masse MP
Ms Irene Mathyssen MP
Ms Elizabeth May OC, MP
Mme Élaine Michaud MP
Mme Christine Moore MP
M Dany Morin MP
Mme Isabelle Morin MP
M Marc-André Morin MP
Mme Marie-Claude Morin MP
Hon Thomas Mulcair MP
M Pierre Nantel MP
Ms Peggy Nash MP
Mr Jamie Nicholls MP
M José Nunez-Melo MP
Mme Annick Papillon MP
Mme Ève Péclet MP
Mme Manon Perrault MP
M François Pilon MP
Mme Anne Minh-Tu Quach MP
Mr John Rafferty MP
Mr Murray Rankin MP
M Mathieu Ravignat MP
Mme Francine Raynault MP
M Jean Rousseau MP
M Romeo Saganash MP
Mr Jasbir Sandhu MP
Mr Craig Scott MP
Mme Djaouida Sellah MP
Ms Jinny Jogindera Sims MP
Ms Rathika Sitsabaiesan MP
Mr Kennedy Stewart MP
Mr Peter Stoffer MP
Mr Mike Sullivan MP
Mr Glenn Thibeault MP
M Phillip Toone MP
M Johnathan Tremblay MP
Mme Nycole Turmel MP
+ Greece

Mr Apostolos Aleksopoulos
Ms Kafantari Chara MP
Ms Iro Dioti  MP
Ms Rena Dourou
Mr Thodoris Dritsas MP
Ms Theano Fotiou MP
Ms Olga Gerovasilli MP
Mr Manolis Glezos
Ms Zoe Konstantopoulou MP
Mr Christos Mantas
Mr Dimitris Papadimoulis MP
Mr Thanasis Petrakos MP
Ms Georgopoulou Saltari Efi 
Mr Nikos Syrmalenios
Mr Andreas Xanthos
+ Malaysia

Dato Kamarul Baharin Abbas MP
First Adm Mohamad Imran Abdul Hamid MP
Dato Wira Othman Abdul MP
Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali
Senator Dato’ Abdul Rahman Bakar
Senator Dato’ Dr Loga Bala Mohan
Dr Lee Boon Chye MP
Dr Ko Chung Sen MP
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj MP
Mr Lim Guan Eng MP
Mr Zainudin Haji Ismail MP
Mr Hee Loy Sian MP
Senator Datuk Kadzim M. Yahya
Dr Ong Kian Ming MP
Mr Kula Segaran Murugeson MP
Ms Teo Nie Ching MP
Mr Tony Pua Kiam Wee MP
Mr Chua Tian Chang MP
Mr Ng Wei Aik MP
Mr Rafizi Ramli MP
Mr Sivarasa Rasiah MP
Dato Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir MP
Mr Sim Tze Tzin MP
Senator Datuk Subramaniam Veruthasalam
+ Mongolia

Ms Batchimeg Migeddorj MP
+ Netherlands

Mr Farshad Bashir MP
Mr Jan de Wit MP
Mr Dion Graus MP
Ms Lutz Jacobi MP
Ms Sadet Karabulut MP
Mr Jesse Klaver MP
Mr Raymond Knops MP
Ms Nine Kooiman MP
Mr Henk Krol MP
Ms Renske Leijten MP
Mr Arnold Merkies MP
Ms Esther Ouwehand MP
Mr Emile Roemer MP
Ms Carola Schouten MP
Mr Eric Smaling MP
Mr Hans Spekman
Ms Marianne Thieme MP
Mr Paul Ulenbelt MP
Mr Harry van Bommel MP
Mr Jasper van Dijk MP
Mr Henk van Gerven MP
Mr Eddy van Huijm MP
Mr Bram van Ojik MP
Mr Ronald van Raak MP
Ms Liesbeth van Tongeren MP
Mr Joël Voordewind MP
Ms Linda Voortman MP
+ New Zealand

Mr Steffan Browning MP
Mr David Clendon MP
Dr Kennedy Graham MP
Mr Kevin Hague MP
Ms Jan Logie MP
Ms Mojo Mathers MP
Ms Eugenie Sage MP
Hon Maryan Street MP
Ms Metiria Turei MP
Mr Phil Twyford MP
Ms Holly Walker MP
+ Samoa

Hon Laauli Leuetae Polataivao Fosi Schmidt
+ Sweden

Ms Kerstin Lundgren MP
Mr Olle Thorell MP
+ Taiwan

Mr Shei-Saint Chen
Ms Kuan Bi-Ling



Help us collect signatures

Any current member of a national, state/provincial or regional parliament or congress may sign the appeal. It is open to parliamentarians from all countries. To sign, they should complete this form and email it to

Sample email to your parliamentarian:

Dear [Name],

Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they have the greatest destructive capacity of all weapons.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is asking parliamentarians around the world to join us in calling upon all national governments to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

A global ban on nuclear weapons is a humanitarian imperative of the highest order. It is necessary, feasible and increasingly urgent. I am writing to ask you to sign this parliamentary appeal.

Kind regards,
[Your name]


National versions of the form

Versions of the form with national contact information: Aotearoa New ZealandAustraliaBahrainCanadaNetherlandsSwedenUnited Kingdom.


Further action ideas

For updates and further action ideas, please encourage your parliamentarian to join Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). PNND is a cross-party global network of parliamentarians working to prevent nuclear proliferation and achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. PNND provides background information for parliamentarians, examples of parliamentary initiatives and contacts with other parliamentarians active on this issue.

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