Citing COVID-19 and the need for international co-operation, Clr. Saville is asking Council to remind our national leaders to ratify and sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2017) without delay.
Officer’s comment: Council’s Nuclear Free Policy was adopted on 12 August 2002. On 26 June 2017 the Notice of Motion tabled by Councillor Saville ‘UN Negotiations to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons’ lapsed for want of a seconder.
Background provided by Councillor
The COVID-19 pandemic starkly demonstrates the urgent need for greater international cooperation to address all major threats to the health and welfare of mankind. Of paramount importance is the threat posed by nuclear
In any instance of a nuclear detonation, the council including the Mayor and Councillors will be among the first leaders required to coordinate local responses and guide the community.
We acknowledge the victims and survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the upcoming 75th anniversaries of these attacks on 6th and 9th August 2020. To commemorate these anniversaries, our council joins with other Councils across Australia and the world, including City of Sydney, and endorses the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ‘Cities Appeal’.
The intent of the motion is aligned and consistent with Willoughby Council’s previous nuclear free resolution, with sustainability and resilient cities statements and policies.
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