ICAN receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was presented to ICAN at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December in recognition of our work “to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and our “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.
This means that if you are a member of Scottish CND then you are a Nobel Peace Prize winner! Scottish CND is a part of ICAN. The Prize has brought a lot of much needed media coverage and attention from members of the public and governments.
The Scottish National Party Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Annual General Meeting will take place in the Renfield St Stephens Centre, 260 Bath St., Glasgow G2 4JP, at 13:00, on the 29th October, 2017
The formal business of the AGM will be followed by a talk by the SNP Spokesperson for Defence in Westminster, Stewart McDonald MP for Glasgow South. There will then be a general debate on the role of the anti-nuclear movement in the next independence referendum.
Nominations for the executive committee should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 8th October 2017. Nominations should be seconded by another member of SNPCND.
Resolutions and agenda items should be sent to email@example.com by the 8th October 2017.
The agenda, the minutes of the last AGM and a copy of our constitution will be sent to you soon.
I look forward to seeing you on the 29th October!
Jean Anderson, SNPCND Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Two Men and a Bomb” conference and debate on the current nuclear arms situation between the USA and North Korea.
13:00, Sunday 10th September, 2017 in CCA Sauchiehall Street.
Tickets from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/two-men-and-a-bomb-tickets-37157020649#
Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear Weapons
“On 7 July 2017 – following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners – an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it. At the time of writing (April 2018) 54 nations have signed and 7 have ratified the Treaty as part of their law.
- The full text of the Treaty http://www.icanw.org/treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/
- Status of signature/ratification http://www.icanw.org/status-of-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/
- Government position http://www.icanw.org/why-a-ban/positions/
- Photographs of the negotiations http://www.icanw.org/photos-of-the-negotiations/
Prior to the treaty’s adoption, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive ban, despite their catastrophic, widespread and persistent humanitarian and environmental consequences. The new agreement fills a significant gap in international law.
It prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.
A nation that possesses nuclear weapons may join the treaty, so long as it agrees to destroy them in accordance with a legally binding, time-bound plan. Similarly, a nation that hosts another nation’s nuclear weapons on its territory may join, so long as it agrees to remove them by a specified deadline.
Nations are obliged to provide assistance to all victims of the use and testing of nuclear weapons and to take measures for the remediation of contaminated environments. The preamble acknowledges the harm suffered as a result of nuclear weapons, including the disproportionate impact on women and girls, and on indigenous peoples around the world.
The treaty was negotiated at the United Nations headquarters in New York in March, June and July 2017, with the participation of more than 135 nations, as well as members of civil society. It opened for signature on 20 September 2017. It is permanent in nature, and will be legally binding on those nations that join it.”
(Text from ICAN http://www.icanw.org/)
The local elections are on 4th May, 2017.
Read the SNP Manifesto at https://snpforglasgow.scot/manifesto
We are happy to endorse the SCND Statement on a second independence referendum.
“Scottish CND welcomes the First Minister’s move to hold a second independence referendum. Brexit is a clear example of the Prime Minister’s disregard for the democratically expressed opinions of the Scottish people, as is the UK Government’s decision to boycott negotiations for an United Nations Nuclear Weapons Global Ban Treaty. The conference is starting in two weeks in New York , and instead of participating, the UK. Government chooses to go ahead with the modernisation of nuclear weapons which are all based in Scotland against the will of our democratically elected representatives at both Holyrood and Westminster. We look forward to working for a free and independent Scotland and the end of UK nuclear weapons based here – or anywhere.”
A Japanese survivor of the atomic bombing and a second generation sufferer are visiting Scotland. Read their stories here.
SNP Conference, March 2017
The SNPCND Festival team ran a very successful and busy stall at the conference on the 17th and 18th of March in Aberdeen.
The new black t-shirts with our logo drew lots of admiring comments. But the best of the days work was the many interesting conversations we had with such a variety of people.
John Ainslie, 1954 – 2016, RIP
SNPCND 2016 Annual General Meeting
Saturday the 5th November, 10:30am to 1pm.
It will take place in the Albert Hall, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling. Doors open at 10am.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied at the 11:30 break.
For directions see: http://my.stirling.gov.uk/events/location/4
The formal business of reports and elections to the executive committee will be in the first hour. Resolutions and nominations for the committee should be sent to the Secretary, email@example.com, by the 15th October. Nominations should be from two members and the person nominated should indicate their acceptance of the nomination.
Nominations are now closed. The current executive officers have all been nominated and are elected unopposed as there are no other nominations for the posts. There has been no nomination for Vice Chair and nominations will be sought from the floor.
There have been 10 nominations for 6 ordinary committee members so there will be elections at the AGM. Statements from members standing for election.
There will be two talks:
Brendan O’Hara MP for Argyll and Bute on “The Military Case Against Trident”, and Bill Kidd MSP for Glasgow Anniesland on “The UN Nuclear Ban Weapons Ban Treaty”.
There will then be questions and debate.
The event will close at 1pm.
Everyone who is a member of both SNP and Scottish CND is encouraged to attend.
Remember to bring your SNP membership card.
Updated 1-11-2016 11:11
Saturday 3rd September
Foreign Policy and Defence (a conference for SNP members)
On Saturday 3rd September SNPCND held a conference to discuss:
- Scotland’s future relationship with other countries,
- what our foreign policies should be,
- what our defence strategies should be,
- what ‘independence in Europe’ means to us.
Speakers: Mhairi Black MP, member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and member of the Westminster Work and Pensions Committee; Stephen Gethins MP, member for North East Fife, Shadow SNP Spokesperson on Europe and member of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee; Patrick Grady MP, member for Glasgow North and SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development and part of the Foreign Affairs team; Kirsten Oswald MP, member for East Renfrewshire, SNP Spokesperson for Armed Forces and Veterans and member of the Westminster SNP Defence team.
The conference is open to all SNP members. Please bring your SNP membership card.