Mayors for Peace
For a worldwide nuclear weapons ban
Send a letter to your mayor today!
Friends of the Earth has played a leading role in increasing the number of Belgian mayors who are member of the "Mayors for Peace" network.
Click here for a model letter that you can send
In August 1945, atomic bombs instantaneously reduced the cities of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki to rubble, taking hundreds of thousands of precious
lives. Today, more than fifty years after the war, thousands of citizens
still suffer the devastating aftereffects of radiation and unfathomable
emotional pain. To prevent any repetition of the A-bomb tragedy, the
cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have continually sought to tell the world
about the inhumane cruelty of nuclear weapons and have consistently urged
that nuclear weapons be abolished.
As the primary targets of nuclear weapons, cities would be particularly
affected by any future nuclear war. As the elected representatives
responsible for ensuring the safety of their citizens, mayors have a
particular responsibility to avert the possibility of nuclear war.
In 1982 then Mayor Takeshi Araki of Hiroshima proposed a new Program to
Promote the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear
Weapons. This proposal offered cities a way to transcend national borders
and work together to press for nuclear abolition. Subsequently, the mayors
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on mayors around the world to support
this program. Mayor of Laakdal, Patrik Vankrunkelsven has recently been
appointed as a vice-president of the Mayor for Peace network.
The Mayors For Peace network is currently promoting the
"Vision for 2020" Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons, proposed by
the mayor of Hiroshima, Mr. Tadatoshi Akiba. This campaign aims to have a
treaty banning all nuclear weapons signed and ratified by 2010, leading to
a nuclear-weapon-free-world by the year 2020. To promote this campaign,
Mayor Akiba visited Belgium, and the European Parliament in 2005.
The Mayors for Peace network is composed of cities around the world that
have formally expressed support for the program Mayor Araki announced in
1982. As of August 6th 2005, global membership stood at 1,080 cities in 112
countries and regions. In Belgium, there are currently 321 member cities and communities. This represents almost half of the total of
You can help increase this number by sending a letter to your mayor.
Click here for a template letter
If your mayor is already a member of the network, you can suggest that
they take action in one of 9 possible ways.
Top 20 possibilities for Mayors for Peace to take action