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Peace is precious! Cities Are Not Targets!
When a city becomes a battleground, everything generations of mayors and citizens have worked so hard to build is destroyed. When international stability is said to depend on mutual assured destruction, the hostages – cities – are in grave danger.
Mayors for Peace is the leading international organization devoted to protecting cities from the scourge of war and mass destruction.
From 2014 to 2015, the work of the 2020 Vision Campaign is being carried forward through four projects. They are listed in white in the website banner above. Your participation in any one or all four of the projects would be welcomed. Not sure which campaign projects are the ones for you and your city? Check here.
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Mayors for Peace in 'Cities Today'
Cities Today, the leading magazine on sustainable developments of cities, published an article by the Chairman of the 2020 Vision Campaign and Mayor of Ypres, Jan Durnez in their quarterly magazine.
The article discusses the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the first major use of chemical weapons in Ypres.
You can read the full magazine here. The article of Mayors for Peace is on page 4
NEW ACTION ALERT: Write to your Foreign Minister, before November 8th, urging support for a UNGA decision to hold a High-Level Nuclear Disarmament Conference no later than 2018
The 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is proposing that the world get serious about establishing a nuclear weapon free world. Their draft resolution put before the UN General Assembly’s First Committee envisages “the urgent commencement of negotiations, in the Conference on Disarmament, for the early conclusion of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons” along with, “no later than 2018, a United Nations high-level international conference on nuclear disarmament to review the progress made in this regard.” To help build public awareness of and support for such a course of action, the resolution declares 26 September “International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.”
Go to the Action Alert Page to take action.
Mayors for Peace President and Vice President credited with influencing Japanese Government’s stance on nuclear weapon use.
After Japan refused to sign a statement last May which asserted that “it is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances.” They came under heavy domestic criticism, not least from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who wrote to the Foreign Minister in their capacities as President and Vice President of Mayors for Peace. When a statement with the same assertion began circulating in early October at the United Nations, Japan engaged in close consultations with the drafters. And now they have, with several newspaper reports crediting the Mayors for Peace letter as key to the reconsideration.
OPCW Nobel Peace Laureate
The Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign congratulates the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on becoming this year's Nobel Peace Laureate.
We look forward to the day, when an Organization for the Prohibition of the Nuclear Weapons will be similarly honored
Mayors speak out on Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East
Leading members, Luc Dehaene and Kareem Khder, have written a piece about the potential for chemical weapons use in Syria and the need for a Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Please feel free to reproduce this article in your own publications; we ask only that you inform us. Former Mayor Dehaene of Ypres, Belgium, served as Chair of 2020 Vision Campaign Association's Board of Director, until his retirement at the end of last year. Mayor Khder is a member of the Board representing Halabja, Iraq. Both cities have suffered the scourge of chemical weapon use, Ypres in 1914 and Halabja in 1988. Read their article.
Mayors for Peace in 'Cities Today'
Cities Today, the leading magazine on sustainable developments of cities, published an article of the International Director of the 2020 Vision Campaign Aaron Tovish in their quarterly magazine.
You can read the full magazine here. The article of Mayors for Peace is on page 5
We hope to have an article or column in every edition of Cities Today in the future.
Contributions update July 2012
In the month of July the 2020 Vision Campaign received donations from 30 cities of 3 countries, amounting to a total of € 5439. We would like to extend our gratitude to our member cities for their continuing generosity in supporting our efforts to realize a nuclear-weapon-free world by 2020.
Significant donations were made by our member cities in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.
We hope that this positive trend continues for the rest of 2012.