Contributions update July 2012 (copy 1)
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.
2020 Vision Campaign Progress Report 2011
We are very pleased to announce the completion of the 2011 Progress Report for the 2020 Vision Campaign. The report has been finalised in English, with Spanish and French versions near completion and, hopefully, a Japanese version to be ready in the coming months. We are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and commitment that everyone involved has given to getting this year’s Report ready. Progress Reports continue to be an extremely useful tool for the 2020 Vision Campaign in meetings and campaigning activities.
Video of a charity concert supporting the 2020 Vision Campaign held
in Hiroshima in December 13, 2010 is now available on YouTube.
This concert was organized by musicians in Hiroshima and they have donated
1 million yen to the campaign.
The organizers hope that similar activities supporting the 2020 Vision Campaign
will be promoted among member cities around the world.
Visiting Nicaragua and the 78th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (January 2010)
To arouse further international momentum for a world without nuclear weapons before the NPT Review Conference in May 2010, Mayor Akiba, President of Mayors for Peace visited Nicaragua, where many cities/municipalities have expressed their deep understanding for our activities and the number of member cities has rapidly increased. He asked Nicaraguan cities for continued future support for Mayors for Peace.
ICNND Report – Civil Society Response
The International Commission on Non-proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament (ICNND), a joint initiative of the governments of Australia and Japan, has released a report entitled Eliminating Nuclear Threats. We honor the efforts over the past year of the Co-chairs, Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi, and of the other Commissioners. Unfortunately, as members of civil society aspiring for nuclear abolition, we must say that the report falls well short of our expectations. The pace of the action plan for nuclear disarmament laid out in the report is far too slow. Rather than adding to the global momentum for nuclear abolition, there is a danger that it could in fact act as a brake.
Participation in the 62nd Annual DPI/NGO Conference (September 2009)
President Akiba participated in the 62nd Annual UN DPI (Department of Public Information) /NGO Conference held in Mexico City, in cooperation with NGOs under the theme "For Peace and Development: Disarm Now!". In order to have the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol adopted at the NPT Review Conference in 2010, he promoted understanding and cooperation with the initiatives of Mayors for Peace including the Protocol and 2020 Vision Campaign, as well as establishing good relationships with UN officials, government representatives and peace related NGOs to realize a world without nuclear weapons.