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2020 Vision

Projects

Since setting out its 2020 Vision, Mayors for Peace has engaged in various projects, such as appealing to the United Nations and national governments for support and the petition drive calling for all states to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as soon as possible.

At the 9th General Conference of Mayors for Peace held in Nagasaki in August 2017, we adopted an Action Plan to carry us through to the year 2020 which set two main objectives: “Realization of a world without nuclear weapons” and “Realization of safe and resilient cities.”

Calling on the United Nations and national governments to act

Seizing every possible opportunity, including international conferences, Mayors for Peace has called on the United Nations and governments around the world to support efforts towards the early realization of a legal prohibition on nuclear weapons. These activities and the heartfelt appeal of the hibakusha and many other like-minded people who wish for the abolition of nuclear weapons bore fruit in July 2017, when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted. We will continue to urge all states, including the nuclear-armed states and their allies, to participate in this Treaty as soon as possible.

【Recent actvities】
Aug., 2017 Letter of Request to the Japanese Government Calling for the Promotion of Actions to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Aug., 2017 The 9th General Conference of Mayors for Peace successfully held in Nagasaki.
Jun., 2017 President Matsui and Secretary General Komizo’s attendance at the Second Session of the UN Negotiations on a Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
May, 2017 Mayors for Peace Delegations visited the first Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference in Vienna, Austria
Mar., 2017Secretary General Komizo’s Attendance of the First Session of the UN Negotiations on a Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
Mar., 2017Mayors for Peace Open Letter Issued prior to the Start of the UN Negotiations on a Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
Dec., 2016Mayors for Peace Open Letter in response to UNGA vote on L.41
Nov., 2016Letter of Request to the Japanese Government Regarding a Nuclear Weapons Convention
Oct., 2016Mayors for Peace issued an Appearl to Nuclear Armed States and Their Umbrella Allies
Jul., 2016Open Letter from Mayors for Peace on the UN Open-ended Working Group's August Session
May., 2016Mayors for Peace President's Attendance of the May Session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (May 2016)
Apr., 2016Mayors for Peace Open Letter in response to UNGA vote on L.41
Feb., 2016Secretary General Komizo' s Attendance of the UN Open-ended Working Group Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (February 2016)
Jan., 2016Open Letter to call on all UN Member States to actively participate in the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG)
Oct., 2015Open Letter to the United Nations General Assembly released on October 16, 2015.
May., 2015Mayors for Peace Appeal to the President and all participating governments' representatives to the 2015 NPT Review Conference
May., 2015Visit to New York for the 2015 NPT Review Conference (April-May 2015)

Expanding membership

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

Mayors for Peace is distributing seeds from A-bomb survivor trees in Hiroshima in response to member cities requests. Please join us in this program by nurturing the trees distributed to your city as symbols of peace, and use them to raise peace consciousness among citizens.

Requests to Those Receiving the Seeds

Mayors for Peace asks each recipient city to accommodate the following requests:

  • 1.To raise seeds/seedlings under the care of experts, such as in botanical gardens, until they become tall and sturdy enough to plant.
  • 2.Provide the Mayors for Peace Secretariat with updates on development of the trees at least once a year. These updates should include some information on their height, number of seedlings, growing place and a plan/report of peace activities based around them as well as their photos.

Notes

  • 1.Delivery of seeds to member cities overseas is done by post. As a seedling is not suitable for international postal delivery, the Mayors for Peace Secretariat can offer a seedling only when it is to be transported in the luggage of someone who is traveling from Hiroshima to the recipient city.
  • 2.When trees from the seeds become tall and sturdy enough to be planted in the ground, the Mayors for Peace Secretariat can donate an explanatory plaque. Please inform the Secretariat of plans of events involving the tree, such as a planting ceremony. Please be advised that a recipient city can receive one explanatory plaque for each species.

UN Secretary-General Planting the tree at United Nations Office at Geneva Photo Credit:UN photos/PM Virot
           

Procedure to Distribute Seeds

  • 1.[Recipient City] Contact the Mayors for Peace Secretariat
    If a member city wants to receive seeds from A-bomb trees and agrees to accommodate the requests above, please contact the Mayors for Peace Secretariat (mayorcon@pcf.city.hiroshima.jp) by email.
  • 2.[Mayors for Peace Secretariat] Conduct preparatory research
    a. The Secretariat researches the species of A-bomb trees appropriate for the recipient city’s climate
    b. The Secretariat confirms whether or not procedures for quarantine, export and import licenses are required by the sending country and the receiving country.
  • 3.[Mayors for Peace Secretariat] Send a questionnaire to the recipient city
    Based on the preparatory research in 2 - a, the Secretariat enters relevant information into the questionnaire and sends it to the recipient city. If quarantine or an import license is required by the receiving country, the Secretariat informs the recipient city of this information at this point.
  • 4.[Recipient City] Return the questionnaire
    a. The recipient city answers the questionnaire by filling in required information, such as tree species they want to receive, intended care facility (e.g. a botanical garden), and contact information, and returns the questionnaire to the Mayors for Peace Secretariat.
    b. In the case that some procedure is required by the receiving country, the recipient city should contact a domestic quarantine office for their advice on the procedure, then share this information with the Mayors for Peace Secretariat.
  • 5.[Mayors for Peace Secretariat] Send out seeds
    Upon confirmation of the returned questionnaire and the completion of required procedure for quarantine and an import license, the Mayors for Peace Secretariat sends out seeds to the recipient city. Shipping costs are covered by the Secretariat.

List of Recipients of Seeds/Seedlings of A-bombed Trees

As of September 5, 2017

1. Distribution of Seeds (28 municipalities in 13 countries)

No Country Municipality Species Date Note
1 Belgium Ypres Ginkgo
Persimmon
Camphor tree
2012/5/5
2 Spain Granollers Ginkgo
Persimmon
Camphor tree
2012/5/5
2017/3/6
3 Germany Schwäbisch Gmünd Ginkgo 2014/2/25
4 Belgium Brussels Ginkgo
Japanese hackberry
2014/6/24
2016/2/2
5 Norway Frogn Ginkgo 2014/6/24
6 Australia Fremantle Ginkgo 2014/7/11
7 Russia Volgograd Ginkgo 2014/8/4
8 Canada Montreal Ginkgo 2014/8/5
9 United Kingdom Manchester Ginkgo 2014/8/26
2015/10/8
10 Germany Hannover Ginkgo 2014/12/11
11 Switzerland Luzern Ginkgo 2015/1/21
12 United Kingdom Shetland Ginkgo 2015/2/3
13 United Kingdom Edinburgh Ginkgo 2015/2/3
14 Slovenia Radlje ob Dravi Ginkgo 2015/4/14
15 United Kingdom Aberdeen Ginkgo 2015/6/30
16 Switzerland Renens Ginkgo 2015/7/14
17 Norway Fredrikstad Ginkgo
Jujube
2015/8/3
18 Canada Oak Bay Ginkgo 2016/5/11
19 France Malakoff Ginkgo
Camphor tree
Japanese hackberry
2016/5/11
20 Italy Thiene Ginkgo
Jujube
Japanese hackberry
2016/5/11
21 United Kingdom Kingston upon Hull Ginkgo 2016/5/11
22 Germany Bonn Kurogane holly
Japanese hackberry
Muku tree
2016/10/21
2017/1/19
2017/6/15
23 Germany Erfurt Ginkgo 2017/1/19
24 United Kingdom Oldham Ginkgo
Jujube
Japanese hackberry
2017/3/6
25 U.S.A. Des Moines Ginkgo 2017/4/26
26 Italy Mirano Ginkgo 2017/4/26
27 Italy Spinea Ginkgo 2017/5/17
28 Germany Langen Ginkgo 2017/7/11

2. Distribution of Seedlings (9 municipalities and 2 organizations in 7 countries)

No Country Municipality / Organization Species Date Note
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Ginkgo 2014/6/28
2 Kazakhstan Semey Ginkgo 2014/8/29
3 Korea No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation Ginkgo 2014/9/19
4 Italy Cervia Ginkgo 2015/9/13
5 Switzerland United Nations Office at Geneva Ginkgo 2016/5/2 2016/10
6 Germany Stuttgart Ginkgo 2016/7/8
7 Germany Krefeld Ginkgo 2016/8/6
8 Germany Braunschweig Ginkgo 2016/9/21
9 Germany Rothenburg o.d.T. Ginkgo 2017/7/8
10 Norway Halden Ginkgo 2017/8/26
11 Norway Kvinesdal Ginkgo 2017/8/29

Distribution of Seeds/Seedlings in total:
37 municipalities and 2 organizations in 16 countries outside of Japan

The Youth Exchange for Peace Support Program

In order to realize a “world free of nuclear weapons,” it is essential to foster and increase international public opinion for it. To this end, Mayors for Peace has implemented programs to encourage and inspire younger generations to get involved in peace activities in the future. These programs provide financial and other support to selected youth from member cities who would like to participate in programs offered by Hiroshima City, Hiroshima City University and so on, to learn about the experiences of A-bomb survivors and their desire for peace.

In each program, in addition to the existing content produced by each host organization, Mayors for Peace conducts its own programs such as a briefing on Mayors for Peace and testimonies from A-bomb survivors.

After completing the program, we ask the participants to propose Mayors for Peace activities for nuclear weapons abolition to their communities and the secretariat of Mayors for Peace. Based on the proposal, each city considers implementing projects. Through our program, we aim at developing human resources and strengthening our member city network.

●Current program (FY2017)
  • There is no program currently open for enrollment.
● The Result of the completed program

The petition drive calling for all states to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as soon as possible

2,621,112 signatures (As of October 1, 2017)

(The above number includes signatures collected through the petition drive calling for negotiations of a nuclear weapons convention Mayors for Peace promoted since December 2010.)

In July 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted. This was made possible by the heartfelt appeal of the hibakusha and many other like-minded people for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

In order for the Treaty to become a fully effective legal instrument for nuclear abolition, we believe it essential for all states, including the nuclear-armed states and their allies who did not participate in the Treaty’s negotiations, to join this Treaty. Through this petition drive, let us spread our will, which is this path toward a world free of nuclear weapons, and create a powerful movement to urge all states to participate in the Treaty as soon as possible!

Please join this petition

To express your support for our project, please click the following links below.

  • Online Petition
  • Petition Form

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Poster Exhibition

In order to give as many people as possible a much deeper understanding of the reality of the atomic bombings and to raise global awareness for the abolition of nuclear weapons, we are asking member cities to hold an exhibition using Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-bomb Posters and other related materials.

Posters available in: English, German, French, Russian, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan

1. 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

DWONLOAD(Other languages)

■After holding the poster exhibition, please report the result of the exhibition to the Mayors for Peace Secretariat.

E-mail to /mayorcon@pcf.city.hiroshima.jp

■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 /mayorcon@pcf.city.hiroshima.jp

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