Bayside Council to fly International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons flag

Raising awareness: Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), poses with the ICAN flag in Geneva. Picture: AP
Raising awareness: Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), poses with the ICAN flag in Geneva. Picture: AP

Bayside Council will fly the flag of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) from Rockdale Town Hall from August 6 to 9 as acknowledgement of the 73rd anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb in wartime, in Japan 1945.

Bayside Council mayor Bill Saravinovski announced the initiative in a Mayoral Minute at Monday's council meeting.

"In February 2019, the council endorsed our strong support to the Australian Government to sign the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Cities Appeal," Councillor Saravinovski said.

"This crucial global agreement aims to prohibit the use, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and lays the foundations for their total elimination.

"As part of our commitment to this pledge, Council has been asked to fly the ICAN flag from 6 August (Hiroshima Day) to 9 August (Nagasaki Day) as acknowledgement of the 73rd anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb in wartime, in Japan 1945.

"The flying of the ICAN flag will help raise awareness amongst our community of the horrific impact the use of nuclear weaponry has on humankind.

"More importantly, in flying the ICAN flag we will honour the 130,000 lives lost and the horrendous injuries suffered by many, many others as a result of nuclear warfare," he said.

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