Nuclear weapons: stigmatise, prohibit, eliminate

Event Date: 
30 November 2017
Event Type: 
Public Forum
Event Location: 
General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
Event Time: 
6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Event Cost: 
Free and open to all with online registrations required

Proudly presented by the Evatt Foundation in association with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Sydney Ideas, the School of Social and Political Sciences (University of Sydney) and the Council for Peace and Justice

A quarter of a century after the end of the cold war, the spectre of nuclear conflict looms large once again. While nuclear brinkmanship dominates headlines, a powerful coalition of governments and civil society is forging the path to eliminate these worst weapons of mass destruction.

This year, a majority of nations negotiated and adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; the first Treaty to outlaw the development, stockpiling, possession, transfer, hosting, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. It is a categorical rejection of nuclear weapons, placing them in the same legal category as other banned weapons including chemical and biological weapons.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its part in spearheading the ban treaty effort, but the work is ongoing. The new Treaty will not eliminate nuclear weapons by itself. The labour, peace and humanitarian movements in Australia have a vital role to play.

Join us for a forum to discuss the mission of ICAN, what they have achieved so far, and what work still needs to be done.


  • Tim Ayres is the National Research Coordinator of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union. Tim has been a director of various industry, policy and government Boards and is a Board Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation.
  • Tara Gutman is Acting National Manager, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Advocacy at Australian Red Cross. She works with Department of Defence, AGD and DFAT the Australian to support the implementation of international humanitarian law.
  • Tim Wright is Asia-Pacific director of ICAN. He is a member of the international staff team and has been involved in the campaign since 2006. He has degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne.
  • Frank Stilwell (moderator) is Professor Emeritus in Political Economy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is a well known critic of conventional economics, and an advocate of alternative economic strategies which prioritise social justice and ecological sustainability. He was elected Vice President of the Evatt Foundation in 2014.