(An Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons)
Aiming toward the target year of 2020, Mayors for Peace adopted the “Mayors for Peace Action Plan (2017-2020)” (Overview) at the 9th General Conference held in Nagasaki in August 2017, which set two main objectives that would lead us to our ultimate goal, that of lasting world peace: “Realization of a world without nuclear weapons” and “Realization of safe and resilient cities”. Based on this Action Plan, Mayors for Peace is promoting various initiatives.
- Calling on the UN and national governments to act
- Expanding membership
- Promoting regional activities spearheaded by Lead Cities
- Atomic Bomb Survivor Tree (Hibaku Tree) Program
- The Youth Exchange for Peace Support Programs
- The petition drive calling for all states to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as soon as possible
- Holding the Mayors for Peace A-bomb Poster Exhibition
- Promotion of peace education
Calling on the UN and national governments to act
Seizing every possible opportunity, including international conferences, Mayors for Peace has called on the UN 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 at the UN.
Mayors for Peace will continue to urge all states, including the nuclear-armed states and their allies, to participate in this Treaty as soon as possible. We will also encourage policymakers to work on creating a security framework that moves away from nuclear deterrence and to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki to share in the hibakusha’s earnest wishes for nuclear abolition.
We call on non-member cities to join Mayors for Peace, not only through invitations from the President of Mayors for Peace and its Secretariat, but also from other associations of local governments, Lead Cities’ partners and other channels.
Promoting regional activities spearheaded by Lead Cities
Mayors for Peace selects an appropriate number of Lead Cities that take the lead in their regional chapters in order to encourage proactive and independent activities appropriate to each region.
Atomic Bomb Survivor Tree (Hibaku Tree) Program
Mayors for Peace distributes seeds from atomic bomb survivor trees (hibaku 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.
(Bottom Left)©The City of Gernika-Lumo, Spain (Center)©The City of Des Moines, US
(Bottom Right)©The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
● List of Recipients of Hibaku Tree Seeds/Seedlings
As of June 1, 2021
1. Distribution of Seeds (40 municipalities and 1 organization in 14 countries)
|14||Slovenia||Radlje ob Dravi||Ginkgo||2015/4/14|
|21||UK||Kingston upon Hull||Ginkgo||2016/5/11||Photo|
2. Distribution of Seedlings (39 municipalities and 3 organizations in 12 countries)
|1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Sarajevo||Ginkgo||2014/6/28||Photo|
|3||South Korea||No Gun Ri International
Office at Geneva
|9||Spain||Sant Feliu de Llobregat||Ginkgo||2016/11/30||Report
Distribution of Seeds/Seedlings in total:
79 municipalities and 4 organizations in 18 countries outside of Japan
● Downloadable pamphlet
A pamphlet introducing this program is available as an easily downloadable, full-color PDF. For anyone thinking of applying for seeds, we invite you to take a look. Please feel free to distribute it to any interested parties (12 page full color booklet).
*Print out on 6 double-sided A4 size sheets, fold in half and staple the binding to create an A5 size booklet.
*Print out on 12 single-sided A4 sized sheets
● Requests to Recipient Cities
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 be planted in the ground.
- 2.Provide the 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.
● Seed Request Process
- 1. [Recipient City]
- If a member city wants to receive seeds from hibaku trees and agrees to accommodate the requests above, please contact the Secretariat by email.
- 2. [Mayors for Peace Secretariat]
- a. The Secretariat researches the species of hibaku tree 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]
- 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]
- 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 Secretariat.
- b. In the case that a certain 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 Secretariat.
- 5. [Mayors for Peace Secretariat]
- Upon confirmation of the returned questionnaire and the completion of required procedure for quarantine and an import license, the Secretariat sends out seeds to the recipient city. Shipping costs are covered by the Secretariat.
- When trees from the seeds become tall and sturdy enough to be planted in the ground, the Secretariat can donate an explanatory plaque. Please inform the Secretariat of plans of events involving the tree, such as a planting ceremony. A recipient city can receive one explanatory plaque for each species. If your city wishes to receive the plaque, please let the Secretariat know by at least two months before the desired delivery date.
Then UN Secretary-General planting the tree at United Nations Office at Geneva (Photo Credit:UN photos/PM Virot)
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 programGiven all the current uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the Youth Exchange for Peace Support Programs will not be held in FY 2021.
● Applications Closed
● The results of the completed programs
The petition drive calling for all states to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as soon as possible
3,117,333 signatures (As of June 1, 2021)
(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 at the UN. This was made possible by the heartfelt appeal of the hibakusha and many other like-minded people for the abolition of nuclear weapons. About three years after its adoption, the treaty entered into force on January 22, 2021.
However, in order to realize a world without nuclear weapons, it is essential for the treaty to become a fully effective legal instrument. For this we need the nuclear-armed states and their allies to take part in discussions and sign the treaty, and an overall increased number of states parties to the treaty.
Through this petition drive, we intend to spread among the people of the world the belief that nuclear weapons are an absolute evil to be eradicated from the world. Through this, we will create pressure for policy change and for all states to join the treaty as soon as possible.
Download a poster to encourage people to join the petition
Download and use this poster to promote the petition on various occasions.
Holding the Mayors for Peace A-bomb 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 ask 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
In Marion, Australia
In Muntinlupa, Philippines
Please let our secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) know in advance if your city plans on holding this poster exhibition. So that we can share your city’s event, we would appreciate it if we could receive a report and photos on the exhibition afterwards. Please refrain from posting these posters online for copyright protection.
● Download postersPoster inventory
Click the button below, then enter your password and user ID. You will be taken to the download page.
[Not a member city?]
If you work for a municipality that is not yet a member of Mayors for Peace, or you are from another kind of organization (e.g. NGO), and you want to use the posters, please submit the application form and documents explaining your event (e.g. plans) to the Secretariat.
● Report submission
After holding the poster exhibition, please submit a report on the exhibition, along with photos, to the Secretariat.
Mayors for Peace Secretariat
c/o Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation
1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811 JAPAN
Promotion of peace education
● Children's Art Competition “Peaceful Towns”
Invitation for applications to the Children’s Art Competition “Peaceful Towns” 2021
● Examples of initiatives to foster peace-seeking spirit
(Center)©The City of Ypres, Belgium
(Bottom Left)©The City of Santos, Brazil (Bottom Right)©The City of Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
Call for input
Among the high priority action items in the Mayors for Peace Action Plan (2017-2020) adopted at the 9th General Conference is our efforts to conduct peace education to raise awareness among future generations.
In accordance with this, we are writing to ask for your kind cooperation in our efforts to compile good examples of initiatives to foster peace-seeking spirit conducted by our member cities around the world. Through sharing them in our monthly newsletters and on our website, we are hoping that more cities will follow suit and become inspired to launch their own peace education program.
In this regard, the Secretariat cordially asks you to provide information about peace education initiatives conducted in your city following the submission instructions below.
1 Requested content:
▶This Call for Input will be of interest to peace education initiatives conducted by any organization (city hall/school/NGO, etc.) in Mayors for Peace member cities that are conducive to raising peace-seeking spirit among future generations, on themes such as: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the history of war in each member city, terrorism, refugees, the destruction of the environment, poverty, famine, discrimination and violence.
▶Kindly only send information on initiatives that have been completed as of the time of submission of the report.
2 Required materials:
Please email the following two items.
- A. Report Form
- In order to maintain consistency between the compiled reports, please use the designated form and write as specifically as possible.
- B. Any photos relevant to the initiative
- Please paste the photo(s) into a Microsoft Word document and attach captions to each photo.
3 Submission email address
▶There is no submission deadline. The Mayors for Peace accepts reports on a rolling basis, so please send your report whenever your project is completed.
▶Please note that not all submissions may be published.
Mayors for Peace Secretariat
c/o Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation
1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811 JAPAN
Initiative example archive
- Efforts based on member cities’ histories and wartime experiences
- Efforts based on Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s experiences of atomic bombing
- Efforts to help achieve nuclear disarmament and nuclear weapons abolition
- Efforts to promote awareness of human rights and cross-cultural understanding
- Efforts to tackle challenges faced by member cities in paving the way to peace (e.g. terrorism, refugees, environmental issues, poverty, violence)
- Other efforts to help realize everlasting world peace