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.
Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban
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:
Federal ParliamentMr 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 ParliamentMr Andrew Barr MLA Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA
NSW ParliamentMs 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 ParliamentMr Tim Mulherin MP Ms Jackie Trad MP
SA ParliamentHon Tammy Franks MLC Hon John Gazzola MLC Ms Leesa Vlahos MP Ms Kelly Vincent MLC Hon Mark Parnell MLC
Tasmanian ParliamentPremier Lara Giddings Mr Nick McKim MP Ms Adriana Taylor MLC Hon Rob Valentine MLC
Victorian ParliamentMr 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 ParliamentMr 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample email to your parliamentarian:
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.
National versions of the form
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.