The Chair of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities will join a line-up of distinguished speakers on a webinar (25 May) to promote local government engagement with a historic nuclear disarmament conference in Vienna next month. The new European Chapter of Mayors for Peace is organising the webinar ‘Nuclear Disarmament and International Security: The role of local governments and peace municipalism’ to raise awareness of the importance of the First Meeting of the States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will be held in Vienna between 21 – 23 June, and to explain how local authorities can contribute to the peace process. Like Mayors for Peace, the NFLA are members of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a global coalition of civil society and faith groups, medics, scientists and atomic bomb survivors, which in July 2017 persuaded 122 UN member states to adopt the nuclear weapon ban treaty. In January 2021, this entered into force when over 50 states had signed and ratified it, making nuclear weapons illegal under international law for the first time.
NFLA 18th May 2022 read more »