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The 10th General Conference of Mayors for Peace

April 5, 2021

Announcement

The 10th General Conference of Mayors for Peace

Mayors for Peace has been making arrangements to hold its 10th General Conference in Hiroshima this August, after our decision of postponing it from August 2020.

However, even today [at the time of this announcement], the world is yet to see clear signs of an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst such a situation, it would be very difficult to hold such a large-scale conference hosting attendees from all over the world, while preventing the spread of infection at the same time. In addition, some member cities outside of Japan have mentioned to the Secretariat that they are unlikely to be able to travel to Hiroshima to attend the General Conference due to financial constraints their cities are facing―reallocating and securing budget for medical support and economic recovery, while confronting decrease in tax revenues.

Given the circumstances, after discussing with the Executive Members, we have decided to postpone the 10th General Conference for another year. It is now scheduled to be convened in August 2022, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Mayors for Peace.

On the other hand, with the end of the 2020 Vision at the end of the year 2020, and the growing momentum for the abolition of nuclear weapons with the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in mind, developing and adopting a new Vision and a new Action Plan should not be further delayed. Hence, we have decided to convene the 12th Executive Conference online, at which we will adopt a new Vision and a new Action Plan.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

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