- Upcoming events
The Scottish Scrap Trident Coalition is calling for Scotland-wide celebrations of the ICAN Nobel Peace Award on the weekend of the 8th to 11th December
On Sunday 10th December the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will receive the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. The award is for the campaign’s critical contribution to the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. Already the Treaty has been signed by 53 UN member states and it will come into force as soon as 50 states have ratified it.
Keep an eye on our calendar and local events – www.banthebomb.org
- Past events
The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty – Game changer for Scotland and the world
Janet Fenton outlining the opportunities the Treaty offers the world and Scotland, as a nation lumbered with nuclear weapons against its will
- East Kilbride, Wed 18 Oct | 7:00 pm Calderwood Community Centre, Blackbraes Rd, 7 pm, hosted by Radical Independence Campaign
- Scottish Greens Autumn Conference 2017,Sat 21 Oct | 6:00 pm Edinburgh (Sighthill campus of Napier University in Edinburgh)
- Inverness, Thu 26 Oct | 7:00 pm The Chieftain Hotel, hosted by SNP Inverness Branch
- Skye, Sat 28 Oct | 11:00 am Aros Portree, hosted by Yes Skye and Lochals
- Dunbar, Mon 30 Oct | 7:00 pm Dunbar Methodist Church Hall, 10 Victoria street Dunbar, hosted by Anglican Pacifists
Peterhead Public meeting: The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons & your local CND group – 28th October 2 – 4 pm
Their will be two speakers and general discussion. Jonathan Russell will speak on the work of Aberdeen and Distict CND/ Plus Scottish CND. Andy Hinton our Co-Vice Chair will speak on the United Nations Treaty to Ban Nuclear weapons.
The venue we have been kindly offered is the Encounter Cafe on Drummers Corner Known by some as the old Habitat shop.
The one problem is that the room we have is up some stairs and their is no disability lift. If there is anyone who is interested in coming who would be challenged by the stairs please let us know and we will investigate other premises.
Cromarty Public Meeting on the ban, Fri 13 Oct 2017 7:30 pm
From 20 th September 2017 the United Nations has invited all countries to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (which was adopted by the UN on 7 th July 2017). The UK Government has stated that it will not sign the Treaty
The Human Cost of Nuclear Weapons. Talk and discussion presented by:
The Victoria Hall, Cromarty, 7.30 pm Friday 13 th October
Scottish CND AGM: Nuclear ban presentation with Q&A panel
Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change, Scotland’s Chances – a talk by Dr Tilman Ruff
Friday 8th September
Quaker Meeting house, Edinburgh
Dr Tilman Ruff, founding chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Australia and internationally has advised Governments at the UN on nuclear issues, including nuclear war and nuclear famine and the humanitarian and environmental hazards and impacts of nuclear weapons and testing and the urgent public health imperative to abolish nuclear weapons.
At this year’s Global Green Gathering, a resolution, passed unanimously, was proposed that the Green Parties there endorse the UN objectives and negotiations in support of the United Nations Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) On the 7th July the TPNW was adopted and the Treaty will open for signature on 20th September this year. Once 50 member states have ratified, it will become legally binding.
Dr Ruff is visiting the UK, providing a rare and timely opportunity to hear directly his expert testimony on the humanitarian and environmental catastrophe that nuclear weapons can inflict, their incompatibility with the sustainable development goals and responses to climate change. We have the potential to fulfil the Scottish Green manifesto pledge “Scotland can play an active, powerful and compassionate role in the world, promoting sustainable solutions, human rights, peace and democracy. A world of changing climate will face enormous challenges to past and long-held certainties and Scotland could play a pivotal role in meeting these challenges head-on.”
For further details, and access to Dr Ruff’s recent articles, or to arrange interviews, please contact Janet Fenton firstname.lastname@example.org 07795594573
The Scottish CND Global Ban Treaty Working Group are organising a public meeting on on Wed, 23rd of Aug at 7 pm in the Rainbow Room of the Quaker Meeting House (38 Elmbank Crescent Glasgow G2 4PS).
The United Nations Treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons was adopted in July in New York. A Scottish Civil Society Team, including Scottish CND, and other Scottish partners in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons attended and participated.
This will be a participative meeting, so following a report back from those involved, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and raise issues.
Getting to Glasgow is not an option for all of us. However, we will try our best to stream this event online either via independencelive.net or our Facebook page. In addition, similar events will be organised in other areas.
Anyone who is interested is very welcome to attend this meeting.
Please pass the word round.
On the 20th of September, the treaty opens for signatures and becomes law when 50 UN Member States have signed. We still have lots to do so please keep checking our website regularly.
Download the leaflet for this meeting Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Meeting leaflet.
In less than a week’s time we’re marching together across the planet to support the Global Ban treaty on Nuclear weapons!
At the same time as the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb in New York there will be solidarity events all over the world, including several in Scotland.
Events planned so far for Saturday 17th June are listed below. If there is not one in your area don’t be shy – go ahead and organise your own.
LIVESTREAM: Women’s March to Ban the Bomb! 5-7pm, at the Serenity Cafe, 8 Jackson’s Entry, The Tun, 111 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh, EH8 8PJ
Brodick, Isle of Arran. Gathering opposite the Douglas 4.45-5.15pm
Dumfries Gathering at Day Centre, Cumberland Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JX time tbc, contact: email@example.com,
Edinburgh, Demo with singing at 4pm-6pm, on the Mound.
Glasgow Gathering at Donald Dewar Statue 12.00 noon (Timing intended to allow people to attend at both Glasgow and another site if they wish)
Kilmarnock rally at 5 pm, at the Burns Statue
Ban Treaty Briefing Public Meeting – 18th of May 2017, Scottish CND Office (77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LE), 7 pm
A family fun afternoon with messages, music and circus skills to raise awareness of the United Nations treaty negotiations to ban nuclear weapons
Fundraiser event for the whole family on Sat 29 April, 4 – 8 pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, 46 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5 PS (Chancellor St entrance)
* Music & special guests including actor Dave Anderson (Gregory’s Girl & the bank manager in City Lights)
* Sean & Robyn Gray (Sean is from Paul McKenna Band)
* Circus workshops & performance by Ringmaster Parties (plate spinning, hula hoops, juggling, pedal go’s & much more)
* Short drama
* Games for all ages
* Refreshments & food available
The money raised will help send delegates to negotiations on a Global Ban Nuclear Weapons Treaty which will take place in June/July this year in New York. Most countries in the world are supporting the proposed treaty – and if the talks in New York are completed successfully this will be a major breakthrough in getting rid of nuclear weapons from our world.
This will be a fantastic day for all ages so please come along and bring your children or grandchildren.
Tickets: £5 waged, £3 unwaged
Free for under 12s & asylum seekers
£10 supporter ticket
Buy tickets here or call 0141 3571529 to book
Hiroshima survivors to visit Scotland as UN nuke ban talks get underway
Two survivors of the US atomic bomb attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima will visit Scotland as the critical UN negotiations for a nuclear ban treaty enter their third day.
Reiko Yamada and Midori Yamada will visit Scotland next week as part of the Hibakusha 2017 tour. The tour is timed to coincide with the start of the United Nations negotiations on putting a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty in place. These important talks take place after a historic vote in favour of a treaty at the United Nations General Assembly by 123 countries at the end of last year.
These two women were direct witnesses to the horrific consequences of nuclear weapons and their visit to Scotland is very welcome.
Wed 29th of March
The survivors will meet Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and have a tour of the Scottish Parliament.
Thu 30th of March
They will travel to Faslane and Coulport to observe the nuclear bases and will visit Faslane Peace Camp. Members and supporters can join them at the Peace Camp at 3 pm for some tea at the cherry tree planted by a previous Hibakusha visitor thirty years ago.
Nuclear weapons Ban Week of Action – Scotland 10 – 17 Feb 2017
Many thanks to all individuals and organisations involved in this project, including Scrap Trident Coalition.