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Time to reach out to your parliamentarians!
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Do your parliamentarians know about the UN talks in Geneva?
 
Dear Campaigners,
 
It’s just five weeks until our two-day strategy meeting in Geneva and the resumption of groundbreaking UN talks on legal measures to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. We have much work to do between now and then!
 
If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to write to your parliamentarians to inform them about the UN working group and why it’s crucial that your government help pave the way to a ban on nuclear weapons.
 
At the May session, we will present our Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban to the chair of the working group. So far, 827 parliamentarians in 42 countries have signed on! Can we reach 1,000 by May?
 
If your government is opposed to a ban, enlisting the help of parliamentarians is one of the best ways to bring about a change in policy. They can, for example, initiate debates, introduce motions, and inform the media and their electorates.

As you may have read, earlier this month – under pressure from civil society – a majority in the Norwegian parliament reconfirmed they want an international ban on nuclear weapons, and called on the government to work towards this goal!
 
If any parliamentarians in your country might be interested in attending the May session of the working group, please let us know so that we can include them in our activities and help amplify the call for a ban!
 
Kind regards,

Tim
 
PS The text of our parliamentary appeal is below. More information is available here. If a parliamentarian wishes to be added, the simplest way is for his or her office to email us (info@icanw.org).
 
PPS Parliamentarians typically spend a lot of time travelling. Perhaps, on their next journey, they would enjoy listening to our podcast to learn all about what happened at the February session of the working group!

 

Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban
 
We, the undersigned parliamentarians,
 
conscious of our duty to protect and promote the safety and well-being of the people we represent, express our deep concern at the continuing threat posed by many thousands of nuclear weapons across the globe. Any use of these ultimate weapons of mass destruction – whether by accident, miscalculation or design – would have catastrophic consequences for humanity and the planet as a whole.
 
The only way to guarantee that they will never be used again is to outlaw and eliminate them without further delay. We call upon all national governments to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons and leading to their complete eradication. A global ban on nuclear weapons is a humanitarian imperative of the highest order. It is necessary, feasible and increasingly urgent.
Copyright © 2016 International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, All rights reserved.


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