Message for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP
A historic global agreement was reached at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday, July 7, 2017 when 122 nations adopted a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it will acquire legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it.
All nations are invited to sign and ratify the new treaty, regardless of whether they participated in the negotiating conference. Australia must join the global majority and reject these abhorrent weapons.
Our Government opposed the negotiation of the treaty, but support within Parliament is growing. As of August 2017, thirty parliamentarians from the Labor, Liberal, the Greens and National parties have signed the Parliamentary Pledge. They have promised to work towards Australia signing and ratifying the new treaty.
Please help us build support within Parliament by inviting your local MP or one of your State or Territory Senators to sign the Pledge.
Nuclear weapons have been outlawed. If Australia is serious about nuclear disarmament, it will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
- The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will be open for signature on September 20 at the United Nations. As of March 2018, 57 states had signed the Treaty and seven had ratified it.
- Note that September 21 is designated by the United Nations as International Day of Peace.
- Refer to the ‘Open Letter to Malcolm Turnbull: Australia must sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’ dated October 2017 and endorsed by 92 organisations.