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Political advocacy for a nuclear ban - Xanthe Hall and Phillipp Holz

  1. Increasing your Voice Political Advocacy for a Nuclear Ban Xanthe Hall, IPPNW / Philipp Holz, ICAN
  2. Disarmament from ‘below’ What happens when you need your government to change its policy, but you can’t get them to listen?
  3. Increase your Voice USUAL TOOLS  Petition  Opinion poll  Social Media  and so on...
  4. Increase your Voice TOOLS WE USE  Parliamentary Pledge  Cities Appeal  Federal State declarations  „Friends of the TPNW“
  5. Parliamentary Pledge We have over 500 parliamentarians in:  Regional parliaments  Bundestag (national parliament)  European Parlament
  6. Spreading the Pledge
  7. Cities Appeal • 64 cities since February in Germany • of which 12 federal state capitals • 21% of the population is represented • Aim to get all state capitals and over 50% of population
  8. Federal State declarations • Can take between one and two years of persistence • Get yourself invited to speak • Need a majority in regional govt, or one party needs to persuade others • Bremen (5.12.2017), Berlin (9.5.2019), Rheinland-Pfalz (22.8.2019)
  9. Friends of the TPNW • MPs from across parties join together • Organise event with ICAN speaker • Cross-party parliamentary action
  10. A Matter of Conscience Party line Conscience I #nuclearban
  11. Find open Doors STRATEGY  Develop strategies for each political party – decide on focus  Listen to arguments of parties that oppose you and develop counter arguments for your supporters  Have a stand at party conferences with the Parliamentary Pledge ready to sign
  12. ‘Follow my leader’ ;) STRATEGY  Look for leading politicians to make speeches supporting the nuclear ban  Use church leaders to speak to Christian democrats
  13. Thanks for listening Please support the #nuclearban Xanthe Hall, IPPNW | Philipp Holz, ICAN |

Editor's Notes

  1. Xanthe -> Usual tools
  2. Philipp -> Friends of the TPNW
  3. -> Spreading the Pledge Increases your voice within parliamentary parties A supportive MP will do the asking MPs in national parliament can ask MPs in regional or European parliaments to join MPs can ask their cities to support ICAN Cities Appeal Ask mayors of appeal cities to approach MPs in their city, especially Conservatives and Liberals
  4. Xanthe -> End STRATEGY Matter of conscience Breaking down party politics Bringing on the individual level Parliamentary Pledge brings attention to topic on individual level, seeks support and commitment Cities Appeal adds voice of mayors and focusses on effects of nuclear weapons on cities Federal State declarations can be used in the Upper House as a „Bundesrat-Initiative“ „Friends of the TPNW“ in Bundestag and European Parliament encourages cross-party initiatives Ask your signers to take a picture of them signing Pledge or cities appeal and post it on social media
  5. Make sure party support translates into national party motions that commit them, should they be elected into government