Mayors for Peace has engaged in various projects based on the 2020 Vision, including the petition drive calling for a nuclear weapons convention and organizing A-bomb poster exhibitions around the world.
These were among the many projects established as part of the Mayors for Peace Action Plan, which was decided on at the 8th General Conference of Mayors for Peace in August 2013. The Action Plan has the following three themes:
- Expanding membership and strengthening the Mayors for Peace’s management system
- Fostering international public opinion for nuclear weapons abolition
- Strengthening information transmission
Then in November 2015, at the 9th Executive Conference of Mayors for Peace, a set of intensified activities were identified as guidelines for action for all members of Mayors for Peace.
- Calling on the United Nations and Governments for Action
- Expanding Membership
- Selection of Lead Cities and Galvanizing Regional activities
- Sharing Seeds from A-bombed Trees and the Flame of Peace
- The Youth Exchange for Peace Support Programs
- The Petition Drive Calling for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
- The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Poster Exhibition
Calling on the United Nations and Governments for Action
Seizing every possible opportunity, including international conferences, Mayors for Peace is calling on the United Nations and governments around the world to make substantial progress towards the early realization of a legal prohibition on nuclear weapons.
Mayors for Peace is inviting non-member cities to join the organization through the Hiroshima Secretariat, associations of local governments, Lead Cities, 2020 Vision Campaigners, and various other channels.
Selection of Lead Cities and Galvanizing Regional activities
In order to encourage proactive and independent activities appropriate to each region, Mayors for Peace is promoting the creation of regional groups. To this end, an appropriate number of Lead Cities are selected to serve as chapters for the Hiroshima Secretariat. The Lead Cities are expected to establish an appropriate system as chapters and take the lead in their regional activities.
Sharing Seeds from A-bombed Trees and the Flame of Peace
The Youth Exchange for Peace Support Program
At the Executive Conference in November 2015, Mayors for Peace designated "conveying the A-bomb experience to future generations through youth exchanges" as one of its intensified activities to promote nuclear weapons abolition for the next few years.
In connection, we have started a program to provide financial and other support to selected youth from member cities who would like to participate in the programs to learn about the experience of victims of A-bombing and their desire for peace, which are offered by Hiroshima City, Hiroshima City University and so on.
In each program, in addition to the existing content which produced by each host organization, Mayors for Peace conduct new programs such as an outline of Mayors for Peace or Testimony from A-bomb victims.
After completing the program, we ask the participants to propose Mayors for Peace activities for nuclear weapons abolition to communities and the secretariat of Mayors for Peace. Based on the proposal, each city considers implementing these projects. Through our program, we aim at developing human resources and strengthening our member city network.
● Current program (FY2017)
●Closed program (FY2017)
● The Result of the completed program (FY2016)
The Petition Drive Calling for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
2,482,601signatures （As of April 1, 2017）
Our original CANT(Cities Are Not Targets) petition called for nuclear-armed states to stop targeting cities with nuclear weapons. With the help of thousands of peace-loving groups and individuals, we collected more than a million signatures, which we presented directly to the president of the NPT Review Conference. The petition forms are now on permanent display at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Now, we are launching a new petition demanding the immediate commencement of negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention.
Two three-meter-high tower of the petition forms (Photo Credit: UNODA)
The most effective way to abolish nuclear weapon by 2020 is a nuclear weapons convention. This convention was mentioned in the Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference and called for by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his Five-Point Plan. Mayors for Peace will work with other civil society organizations to build momentum and urge Japan, the only A-bombed nations, to work with other nation states to quickly commence negotiations and conclude a nuclear weapons convention without further delay.
Hiroshima’s mayor Matsui and high school students gathering signatures downtown(July 2016)
The roadmap to the abolision of nuclear weapons
Please join this petition
To express your support for our project, please click the following links below.
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Poster Exhibition
To raise global public awareness for abolition of nuclear weapons, we need to convey the reality of the atomic bombings wider than ever.
Accordingly, at the 8th Executive Conference of Mayors for Peace in November 2011, to commemorate the number of member cities of Mayors for Peace exceeding the 5,000 city-milestone; we adopted an agenda that Mayors for Peace would create a new poster exhibit on the reality of the atomic bomb damage which is available to all our member cities. The poster exhibition was premiered in the city of Vienna, Austria in May 2012 along with the first Preparatory Committee meeting for the NPT Review Conference, and we encourage all member cities to hold poster exhibitions. These poster exhibitions help citizens to deepen their understanding of the reality of atomic bombings and share our strong desire for nuclear abolition.
2. Download Posters [Limited to member cities]
Please click the button below then enter your password and user ID which will automatically take you to the download page.
Posters available in: English, German, French, Russian, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan
■After holding the poster exhibition, please report the result of the exhibition to the Mayors for Peace Secretariat.
E-mail to ／firstname.lastname@example.org
■If your municipality is not a member of Mayors for Peace or you are from an other kind of organization and want to use the posters, please submit the Application Form and materials, such as a plan document explaining your events to the Mayors for Peace Secretariat.
Apply to ／email@example.com