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Mayors for Peace Organisation

Rangitīkei District Council has joined the Mayors for Peace organisation.

Mayors for Peace is an international organisation of cities dedicated to the promotion of peace. The organisation was established in 1982 by then Mayor of Hiroshoma Takeshi Araki, in response to the deaths of around 140,000 people due to the atomic bombing of the city on 6 August 1945.

To date there are 8013 member cities around the world from 165 countries and region.

The purposes of the "Mayors for Peace" are to contribute to the attainment of lasting world peace by arousing concern among citizens of the world for the total abolition of nuclear weapons through close solidarity among member cities as well as by striving to solve vital problems for the human race such as starvation and poverty, the plight of refugees, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation.

On July 7 2021, Mayors for Peace convened its 12th Executive Conference online, at which a new Vision was adopted, subsequent to the 2020 Vision which had reached its end at the end of the year 2020, and also Mayors for Peace Action Plan for up until the year 2025.

These documents can be read below:

Council is extremely proud to be a member of this organisation. Visit Mayors for Peace to read more.

News Releases

17 March 2022

Message on the Tragic War in Ukraine [PDF]

By MATSUI Kazumi, President of Mayors for Peace - Mayor of Hiroshima

29 November 2021

Mayors of Peace News Flash [PDF]

Inside this edition:

  • Children’s Art Competition “Peaceful Towns” 2021
  • Mayors for Peace member cities - 8,054 cities in 165 countries/regions
  • Report by Executive Advisor

27 October 20201

Mayors of Peace News Flash [PDF]

Inside this edition:

  • Events Commemorating 2021 International Day of Peace
  • Release of a new webpage: "Nuclear Disarmament Archive"

10 August 2021

To mark 76 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Mayor Taue of Nagasaki, Japan delivered the year's Peace Declaration at the Nagasaki Peace Ceremony on the 10 August 2021.

Read the Nagasaki Peace Declaration.

21 August 2021

Mayors of Peace News Flash [PDF]

Inside this edition:

  • Commemorative events around the world marking 76 years since the atomic bombings
  • A closer look at the “World’s Nuclear Warheads Count in 2021” Part 2, Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA)
  • Peace news from Hiroshima (provided by the Hiroshima Peace Media Center of the CHUGOKU SHIMBUN)

30 September 2021

Mayors for Peace News Flash (September 2021)

Inside this edition:

  • Messages of support for our new PX Vision
  • Video Message from the President of Mayors for Peace at the UN High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace
  • Report on Mayors for Peace Youth Webinar for Peace Action