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Outline of the 5th Executive Conference

The Fifth Executive Conference held on September 1 and 2 of 2000 in Hannover, Germany, discussed ways of fortifying the activities of the Mayors Conference, the Resolution to Promote the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and so on.
After the Executive Conference, we sent letters of the Resolution to Promote the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons to the governments of Nuclear Powers and international organizations.

Strengthening the Activities of the Mayors Conference

The World Conference of Mayors for Peace through Inter-city Solidarity was founded in 1982. Almost 20 years have passed since the Conference was founded. The Cold War has ended, the international climate has changed dramatically, and the needs of our member cities have also changed. In light of these changes, we must strengthen our activities to make the 21st century a peaceful one free of nuclear weapons.

To strengthen the activities of the Mayors Conference, we must adopt an overall Action Plan that incorporates effective new activities. Currently, the secretariat is deciding the Action Plan. We are going to implement this plan in the future after referral to and approval by the 5th General Conference in August 2001. At the 5th Executive Conference, the measures to be immediately implemented under presidential authority were discussed and approved as follows:。

1. Increase members in NWS and suspected states
Since fiscal 1997, we have emphasized membership invitations to major cities in nuclear weapon states and suspect states. These efforts have resulted in an addition to our membership of 43 cities in such states (from 80 to 123). We will continue to bolster membership calls to cities in nuclear weapon states and suspect states.

2.Cultivate leader cities in nuclear weapons states and suspect states
It is essential to cultivate leader cities in nuclear-weapon states and suspect states. It is especially urgent to develop a leader city in the U.S., which is, after all, the key to nuclear disarmament. We intend to work swiftly on this issue.

3.Strengthen protest and demand activities
On the occasion of the NPT Review Conference in spring of 2000, we gathered messages from member cities and sent them to various national governments. We found this tactic quite effective. In the future, we want to pursue similar actions for all international disarmament conferences sponsored by the UN or other international organizations.

4.Obtain sponsors and additional project funds
One of the critical issues in developing new Mayors Conference activities is finding the additional project funds. We are now gathering sponsor-related information, and as soon as we have gathered and digested it, we plan to launch a search for sponsors.

5. Establish a rapid information exchange system
In an effort to improve the quality and quantity of information communicated by the Secretariat, we are organizing a number of mailing lists.

6.Recommendations for abolishing nuclear weapons
City governments are the governments closest to the people and the most likely to reflect true public opinion. Therefore, we, as cities, should make clear recommendations regarding measures to be taken by national governments and international institutions for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

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