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☞ Issue 117
글씨크기 크게 글씨크기 작게 기사 메일전송 기사 출력
Support Hiroshima/Nagasaki Protocol for 2020 nuclear ban is growing

관리자 (2008/08/02 23:48)  

Dear friends,

Some positive news from Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign.

* Support Hiroshima/Nagasaki Protocol for 2020 nuclear ban is growing

The recent calls from the Mayors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki (1) and Ypres in
support of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Protocol have acted as a real trigger
to action for their colleagues around the world. Please find the
initial list of Cities signing up their support for the
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Protocol on our website (2). To date, Mayors from 23
different countries have lent their support to the Protocol, with more
and more signed Appeals arriving in by the hour.

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Protocol, which was presented by Mayors for Peace
during the latest NPT PrepCom in Geneva, gives us a clear time-frame for
the elimination of all nuclear weapons by 2020. The Protocol offers us a
tool to break through the inertia within the UN disarmament machinery.
It also counters those statesman sharing our goal for a nuclear free
world, but who go on by saying that it is "a summit hidden in the
clouds", or "unfortunately it will not be achieved in my lifetime".

As Deputy Mayor Klaus-Peter Murawski of Stuttgart (Germany) underlined
when he signed up to the "Cities Appeal" the endorsement of the Protocol
at the local level is significant: "The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, to
my eyes, will be an outstanding milestone to the whole process because
it shows to the public that decisions of such a wide range are taken
seriously by cities and the local level, where the majority of people
live. It also makes clear that disarmament is a theme which is deemed
worthy to fight for. Low expectations on the side of the governments are
not accepted as state of the art and cities stand up to raise them."

However, the reality is that all that we have achieved is not enough -
we need your continued support, in action as well as allegiance, in
order to make the formal presentation of the Cities Appeal at the 2010
NPT Review Conference a compelling and successful one. Please contact
Mayors and City Council members in your country/region and invite them
to support the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Protocol by signing up to the Cities
Appeal. Both documents are attached.

* 51 new members bring total membership to 2,368 cities in 131 countries
and regions

The past month, between June 30th and August 1st, another 51 Cities have
joined Mayors for Peace bringing total membership to 2368 members in 131
countries and regions. New members are from Australia (1), Andorra (1),
Belgium (3), Denmark (1), France (1), Netherlands (6), Spain (15), Iraq
(6), Japan (15) and USA (2). With La Massana we welcome our first member
in Andorra.

Detailed list of 51 new members on
http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/english/topic/list/53.htm

With 15 new members in Spain we should especially thank Mr. Josep
Mayoral i Antigas, the Mayor of Granollers, who is working through the
Catalan Association of Municipalities to increase support for the 2020
Vision. Also Greenpeace Spain continues to play a significant role in
capacity building in Spain.

In The Netherlands joined efforts by IPPNW Netherlands, IKV/Pax Christi
and the Dutch Association of Municipalities resulted in 6 new members
and a successful meeting of Dutch Mayors for Peace in The Hague. Special
guest during this meeting was Ms. Joke Kersten, Mayor of Uden. Uden
hosts an estimated 20 US nuclear weapons at the Dutch airforce base of
Volkel. During the meeting the Ms. Kersten expressed serious concerns
about lack of transparency and security surrounding the base.

Mr. Khder Kareem, the Mayor of Halabja (Iraq) continues to mobilise
support for a "world without weapons of mass destruction". Halabja was
the scene of use of chemical weapons in 1988 during the Iraq - Iran war.

Also in Japan membership continues to grow significantly and adds up to
158 members, or already 156 Japanese new members for 2008 alone.

Next week we will all commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki. Let this also be a time for action in support of the
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Protocol.
..
Thank you for your ongoing support,

Pol Dhuyvetter

(1) letter Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
http://www.2020visioncampaign.org/filestorage/417/File/2/LetterMayorsHiroshimaNagasaki.pdf
(2) List of signatories http://www.2020visioncampaign.org/pages/448/

Executive Advisor
-----------------
Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign vzw/asbl

International Secretariat
City Hall, Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ypres, BELGIUM

Phone: +32-57-38 89 57 Mobile: +32-495-28 02 59
Fax: +32-57-23 92 76 Skype: poltanner
E-mail: pol@2020visioncampaign.org
Website: www.2020visioncampaign.org




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