Cross-party support for EDM on Austrian Pledge

January 6, 2015

Dame Joan Ruddock MP has succeeded in gathering cross-party support for a parliamentary petition (Early Day Motion, EDM) urging UK support for the Austrian Pledge to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. The co-sponsors of EDM 659 include MPs from Labour, Conservative, LibDem, SNP, SDLP and the Green Party.

Please write to your MP and encourage them to add their name to EDM 659. To check who is your MP add your postcode here -you can write your letter there or look up their contact details.

The Austrian Pledge was made by the Austrian foreign ministry at the very end of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December. Joan Ruddock MP was a speaker at ICAN’s Civil Society Forum and was one of the British parliamentarians attending the Vienna Conference.

This is the full text of EDM 659:

“That this House congratulates the Austrian government on its call to all states to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons and its pledge to co-operate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal; notes that this pledge was made at the end of the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons held in Vienna on 8-9 December 2014 and attended by 157 states including the UK; applauds the contribution of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent to the conference and the participation of civil society led by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; agrees that no national or international response capacity exists that would adequately respond to the human suffering and humanitarian harm that would result from a nuclear weapon explosion in a populated area; supports the states led by Austria now calling for work to begin on crafting a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons; and urges the UK Government to participate fully in this new and multilateral initiative.”


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