Today First Minister Nicola Sturgeon handed over a torch to the group of Scots who will join the torchlight procession in Oslo on Sunday 10th December, when the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to ICAN, for their work towards the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)1 which was adopted by the UN in July this year. The torch symbolises the Scottish Government’s support for the Treaty and will be carried in Sunday’s Torchlight Parade in honour of the laureate.
Joining in the celebrations at Oslo will be Janet Fenton, Vice-Chair of Scottish CND, Flavia Tudoreanu and Veronika Tudhope, Co-organisers at Scottish CND, and Jill Saunderson, a peace campaigner from Fife.
Flavia, Veronika and Jill all attended the 2013 Oslo Conference of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons2, and both Janet and Flavia were part of the accredited Scottish civil society delegation to the UN Treaty negotiations this year.
Janet Fenton said:
“Since ICAN started ten years ago I have worked with hundreds of Scottish people across different groups who have been inspired to get involved with the idea of banning nuclear weapons, not just from Scotland but everywhere. The joy attached to taking this torch to Oslo is knowing that Scotland is playing a significant part in changing the status of nuclear weapons in the world. The Cross Party Group at Holyrood and the majority of Scottish elected representatives that have joined with international parliamentarians clearly identifies a huge question mark over the UK’s mandate for modernising Trident. Of course there is still need to continue working here in Scotland with – and as – parliamentarians and diplomats, and also to use direct action, the arts, legal and media challenges to ensure Scotland articulates that nuclear weapons are inhumane, indiscriminate and illegal, but the Nobel Award in Oslo is a chance to share and celebrate. As well as taking part in the torchlight procession, I’ll be at ICAN’s International Campaigners’ meeting, planning our next steps.”