Towns and cities around the world are becoming Nuclear Ban Communities as they sign up to support the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Global Ban Communities

Manchester recently became the first city in Europe to back the treaty after Manchester City Council unanimously passed a resolution voicing its support for the nuclear ban. Renfrewshire Council, Hebden Royd Town Council and West Dunbartonshire Council have all since also adopted a similar motion. And this movement isn’t just in the UK –  cities across  Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway, Japan, Spain and the US – including Washington, Paris, Oslo and Berlin – have already passed motions of support for the nuclear ban!

Your town could be a Nuclear Ban Community too

The UK government has so far refused to sign the ban. If communities get together and demonstrate their support, we can put pressure on the government to engage with the treaty. Working with your local politicians and our suggested draft motion, your town or city council could soon join others around the world that are working towards a nuclear free world.

What is the campaign about?

In 2017, the UN adopted a historic international treaty banning nuclear weapons. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), once ratified by 50 states, will enter into force and make it illegal for all signatories to have or use nuclear weapons in any way.

Currently, 23 states have ratified this treaty, and 70 states have signed it. Whilst this shows significant progress, we still need a further 27 states to ratify this treaty before it becomes binding international law.

In order to get this treaty ratified, several campaign groups have been working on a campaign in which they work within their local cities and authorities to get them to pass a motion in support of the TPNW. This aims to further promote the nuclear ban, and creates the pressure necessary to get states to join it.

What work is being done on passing nuclear abolition motions in cities?

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is a network of councils which works to encourage local authorities to adopt nuclear free policies. They also support the  Mayors for Peace initiative which has launched its 2020 Vision. This campaign works with mayors from all around the world to eliminate nuclear weapons by 2020 and currently has 7,688 member cities!

ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, has launched a Cities Appeal. This appeal encourages people like you to get their city council to adopt the TPNW and call on the national government to do the same.

So far Manchester and Renfrewshire in the UK have passed  motions of support for the nuclear ban, as well as numerous cities in Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway, Japan, Spain and the US – will your town or city be next?