It is almost one year since the historic day the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was concluded and approved by 122 countries at the UN. Since it opened for signature in September, 59 countries have signed on and 10 have ratified. The Treaty is well on the way to entering into force, which we expect within the next year or two.
Our government says that it wants a world free of nuclear weapons, while continuing to claim that these weapons are necessary for our security. This kind of hypocrisy undermines progress on disarmament. The ban treaty forces all nations to choose whether they side with, or against, nuclear weapons.
All of the federal Greens, two Centre Alliance, one Independent, one National, one Liberal and73% of federal Labor parliamentarians have pledged to work for Australia to sign and ratify the ban. In the last two weeks, another 30 state and territory parliamentarians from across the political spectrum have also pledged their support. It's inevitable that Australia joins the ban.
This September, we're embarking on an epic cycling adventure to carry the Nobel Peace Prize medal and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from Melbourne, where ICAN began, to Parliament House in Canberra. Our journey will culminate in a peace march and rally on September 20 , marking one year since it opened for signature.
We're seeking participants for the 3-week journey, stopping in towns along the way to meet with local communities. You can find further information and register your interest here.
We encourage everyone to join us in Canberra on September 20 to amplify our demand for Australia to sign and ratify the nuclear ban treaty as a matter of urgency! RSVP here.