Sheffield has a long and proud history of civic campaigning for peace, from the Nuclear Free Zones to council ‘Peace Officers’, a reflection of the depth of feeling on the issue in South Yorkshire.
The new ICAN Cities Appeal launched last month is an opportunity for us to use local campaigning to influence global disarmament by calling on local councils to formally support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. For 2019 we are planning a two pronged strategy, lobbying both MPs and the local council to formally adopt the treaty. Can you help?
In November Manchester City Council became the first city in Europe to formally adopt the The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, we can’t let Yorkshire be left behind!
What is the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?
On 7th July 2017, after a decade of work by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The ban prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. 69 countries have signed the treaty, and 19 have ratified it in their national parliament.
Does the UK support the ban?
Countries with nuclear weapons – including the United Kingdom – effectively boycotted the process, so now is the time to put pressure on our parliamentarians to express support for the ban. 60 MPs across the UK have already signed the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge, which commits parliamentarians around the world to work for their government to join the treaty, including five from Yorkshire. We are making plans to encourage more MPs across the county to sign the pledge and commit to working to further the ban, but we need your help. Several MPs in Sheffield have previously refused to back Trident replacement, but are yet to sign the parliamentary pledge – come and find out how we can change that!