cc. The US-Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organisation for cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,407 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The conference constitutes a representation of the cities’ interests. Among others it helps develop and promote effective national urban/suburban policy; build stronger and more effective federal-city relationships and makes sure that Washington’s policy takes into account the cities’ needs. The Conference holds its Winter Meeting each January in Washington, D.C. and an annual meeting each June in a different U.S. city.
This year’s annual meeting took place from 24 to 27 June 2016 in Indianapolis. At the close of the conference – for the eleventh time in a row – a resolution was launched in support of “Mayors for Peace” (cf. box). They also demand to redirect the state funds away from nuclear armament and to address instead the urgent needs of cities and rebuild thenation’s crumbling infrastructure for the benefit of the citizens of their cities. 2016 adopted resolution …
Calling on the next U.S. President to pursue diplomacy with other nuclear-armed states; participate in negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons; cut nuclear weapons spending and redirection funds to meet the needs of cities
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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 seventy 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.
On June 24, 1982, at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament held at UN Headquarters in New York, 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.
The “Mayors for Peace” is composed of cities around the world that have formally expressed support for the program Mayor Araki announced in 1982. As of October 1, 2016, membership stood at 7,146 cities in 162 countries and regions. We were registered as a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC] in May 1991.
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