Cities' World Peace Calendar
The Cities’ World Peace Calendar is one of the four main projects currently being directed by the 2020 Vision Campaign, the primary campaigning body of the UN-registered NGO Mayors for Peace. Seeking the participation from some of Mayors for Peace’s 6000-plus member cities, the Calendar has the aim of announcing in April 2015 that there is a peace event scheduled in at least one city for each of the following 365 days, and then onward continuously.
In order to participate in the Cities’ World Peace Calendar, someone within each given city should be prepared to lead the initiative to commit the city to a scheduled annual peace event; this can be done by a mayor, a city councillor, a civil servant, a civil society organization, or an inspired citizen. Ultimately, the peace event should receive the support and endorsement of the City Council, after which the event will be formally inscribed into the Cities’ World Peace Calendar.
By making an official commitment to organize a peace event and publicize it in the Cities’ World Peace Calendar, a city gains the opportunity to give its local event a global dimension and to achieve international exposure—for both the event and the city. By securing the involvement of prominent organizations such as ICAN, Abolition 2000, IPB, Sister Cities International, and the Red Cross, the peace events can serve as a valuable opportunity for creating and strengthening connections among like-minded organizations and activists, as well as between City Hall and civil society. Each event would come to represent and contribute to the global effort by cities for achieving a world of peace no longer threatened by nuclear weapons.