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					The 7th General Conference of Mayors for Peace

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Period: Friday, August 7 to Monday, August 10, 2009 Venue: Nagasaki City

Greetings from the President of Mayors for Peace on the 7th General Conference Mayors for Peace is a conference of cities around the world that have formally expressed support for the “Program to Promote the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.” This program was announced by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in June 1982 at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament. As of July 1, 2009, membership stood at 2,963 cities in 134 countries and regions. Mayors for Peace is an officially accredited UN NGO. Mayors for Peace strives through close cooperation among the cities to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons. We also contribute to genuine, sustainable world peace by working to eliminate starvation and poverty, assist refugees fleeing local conflict, support human rights, protect the environment, and solve the other problems that threaten peaceful coexistence within the human family. Despite our efforts, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is on the verge of collapse. The risk of rapid proliferation and a third use of a nuclear weapon is growing. On the other hand, many world leaders have recently begun advocating openly for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and momentum toward a nuclear-free world is also growing. Mayors for Peace has been promoting its 2020 Vision since 2003. This campaign to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020 is now championing the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol I announced in April 2008. This protocol is a clear commitment and simple roadmap guiding national governments toward the total abolition of nuclear weapons. We are making every effort to get it adopted at the 2010 NPT Review Conference. At the 7th General Conference to be held in August, much of the discussion will focus on what we must do to get the Protocol adopted and achieve a nuclear-free world by 2020. We will also discuss peace education and work to strengthen the good relationships developing among us. The critical General Conference will set our course for the 2010 Review Conference and the entire UN-designated Decade of Disarmament (2010-2020). Working together, we can actually liberate ourselves from the threat of nuclear weapons by the end of that decade. Please attend if you possibly can. If you can’t, please send a representative. I hope to see you soon in Nagasaki.

Tadatoshi Akiba Mayor of Hiroshima President Mayors for Peace

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■ Outline:

August 8 (Sat.) AM: Registration, Executive Conference PM: Opening Ceremony, General Conference, Plenary Session I Theme: CITIES AND CITIZENS CAN MOVE NATIONS
- toward a worldwide paradigm shift -

Name: The 7 General Conference of Mayors for Peace Dates: August 7 (Friday) to August 10 (Monday), 2009 Venue: Nagasaki City (Nagasaki Brick Hall and Hotel New Nagasaki) Sponsored by: Mayors for Peace, The city of Nagasaki Eligible participants: Representatives from local governments, national governments and NGOs from Japan and the world
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Purpose: Discuss our campaign initiatives for the abolition of nuclear weapons by the year 2020: reviewing the current situation looking toward the 2010 NPT Review Conference Evening: Memorial events around the Peace Park August 9 (Sun.) AM: Stroll around the Peace Park, Attend the Nagasaki Peace Ceremony PM: Section Meeting I Theme: PASSING THE FLAME: from

■ Schedule and Themes: Keynote Theme: NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLITION IS IN OUR HANDS! - Let’s get the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol adopted in 2010 August 7 (Fri.) PM: Offering flowers at the Hypocenter (Executive Cities and other cities / groups) General and Board meetings of the 2020 Vision Campaign Association (Association board members only) Welcome Reception

hibakusha to children, for the peaceful resolution of conflicts Purpose: to share the lessons of our war experiences and our struggles for peace and disarmament with future generations Section Meeting II Theme: FUTURE STEPS FOR THE 2020 VISION CAMPAIGN Purpose: to examine how best to promote our 2020 Vision Campaign; developing a concrete action plan Evening: Appeal Drafting Committee Meeting (Executive Cities only)

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August 10 (Mon.) AM: Talk with NGOs and citizens Theme: MAYORS FOR PEACE AND ALLIED NGOS PM: Plenary Session II Theme: THE TOTAL ELMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS BY 2020 Purpose: Report the content and results of Plenary Session I and Section Meetings, build consensus regarding Mayors for Peace initiatives based on the proposed appeal Closing Ceremony Press Conference (Executive Cities only)

■ Sharing of expenses: 1. Sponsor expenses 1) Meals ・ Welcome Reception on Friday, August 7 ・ Lunches on Sunday, August 9 and Monday, August 10 2) Sightseeing program fees (OPTIONAL: planned in the evening of Sunday, August 9.) 2. Participant expenses (to be paid by representatives from Cities/Municipalities, National Governments or NGOs) Conference fees ¥20,000 per a city / group Transportation to and from Nagasaki (including the transportation from Hiroshima to Nagasaki, if you visit Hiroshima before visiting Nagasaki.) Accommodations Meals not covered by the sponsor, as stated in 1. Sponsor expenses 1) above.

■ Presentations: If you wish to speak during the Conference, please tell us which session(s) you would like to address and send a draft of your speech in advance for translation. Please note that member cities will be given priority, and time constraints will limit the number of speakers and time allotted to each speech. ■ Conference Languages: English, French and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

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■ Others: 1. City and NGO Booths Details will be provided to interested participants after you register. 2. Visiting Hiroshima before going to Nagasaki For visitors to Hiroshima, the Secretariat is planning to offer a tour of peace-related facilities and general sightseeing attractions. Details will be provided to interested participants after registration. Information in this program is subject to change.

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Schedule for the 7th General Conference of Mayors for Peace
Friday, August 7
8:00 8:30 Free visit (A-bomb Museum and other facilities) 8:30

Saturday, August 8

Sunday, August 9

Monday, August 10
8:00

9:00 9:30 10:00

Stroll around the Peace Park
9:30 10:00

9:00

9:00

11:00 11:30 12:00

[Executive Cities only] Executive Conference (Hotel New Nagasaki)
Registration (2nd Floor Lobby, Nagasaki Brick Hall)

Nagasaki Peace Ceremony (Peace Park and other locations*4)
11:30 12:00

Talk with NGOs and citizens (Int'l Conference Hall, Nagasaki Brick Hall)

10:00

[Optional] Nagasaki local meal for "Obon" festival and tea ceremony

City / NGO Booths (3rd Floor Lounge, Nagasaki Brick Hall)

11:00

City / NGO Booths (3rd Floor Lounge, Nagasaki Brick Hall)

( Nagasaki City Museum of History and Folklore)

12:00

12:00

Lunch
(Meeting Room, Nagasaki Brick Hall)
13:00

13:00

Lunch (Nagasaki Shimbun Bunka Hall “Astopia”)
13:45 14:00

13:00

City / NGO Booths (3rd Floor Lounge, Nagasaki Brick Hall)

13:30

Plenary Session II
(Int'l Conference Hall, Nagasaki Brick Hall)

Free visit (A-Bomb Museum and other facilities)

14:00

14:00
Offering flowers by Executive Cities and others*1

(Hypocenter) 15:00
Picture show about the A-bomb experience Tour of the A-Bomb Museum and the Peace Memorial Hall*2

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speech (Main Hall, Nagasaki Brick Hall) Attraction

14:00

Section Section Meeting Meeting I II (Int'l
Conference

15:00 15:15

Closing Ceremony
[Executive Cities only]

15:00

15:15 15:30

15:45 16:00 16:15 The General and the Board meetings of the 2020 Vision Campaign Association (Hotel New Nagasaki) 17:45 18:00 18:30 19:00

Hall,

(Meeting Room,

General Conference and Plenary Session I (Int'l Conference Hall, Nagasaki Brick Hall)
18:00

Nagasaki Nagasaki Brick Brick Hall) Hall)
17:00

Press Conference Meeting Room, Nagasaki Brick Hall

16:00

16:00

17:00

17:00

18:00

18:00

Sightseeing Program Stroll around Urakami District

Memorial events around the Peace Park

18:30 Memorial Ceremony for the Atomic Bomb Victims*3

Welcome Reception ("Hoohkaku" 3rd floor, Hotel New Nagasaki)
20:30

19:00

19:00

Candles Night of for Prayer (Atomic Bomb Museum) Peace
20:00 20:30 Ceremony

19:30

20:00

(Peace Park)

[Executive Cities only]

20:00

Appeal Drafting Committee Meeting
(3rd Floor, Hotel New Nagasaki)

21:00

21:00

*1: Representatives of any city/group can also join the offering of flowers *2: "Peace Memorial Hall" means the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims *3: Organized by Fellowship of Religionists in Nagasaki for Dialogue *4: Other locations are: Brick Hall, Shiroyama Elementary School, Yamazato Elementary School, and Kassui Gakuen High school * Participants are entitled to visit the A-bomb Museum and related facilities anytime during the Conference free of charge (Name ID required)

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■The number of member cities:

2,963 cities / municipalities in 134 countries and regions Area Asia Oceania Africa Members 653 Cities in 29 countries and regions 88 Cities in 9 countries and regions 129 Cities 30 countries and regions Area Europe

(As of July 1, 2009) Members 1,731 cities in 42 countries and regions

North/Central 307 cities in 13 countries America and regions South America 55 cities in 11countries and regions

Secretariat

Mayors for Peace
Mayors for Peace Secretariat 1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Japan 730-0811 TEL: +81-82-242-7821 FAX: +81-82-242-7452 EMAIL: mayorcon@pcf.city.hiroshima.jp Website: http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/english/index.html


				
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