The Mayors for Peace European Chapter, the UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) are pleased to cooperate on a high-profile webinar taking place on the 4th December 2020. It will be looking at the direction of peace, security and disarmament in Europe over the next decade. (1) Registration for the webinar is open. (2) The webinar has been kindly sponsored by the Provincial Council of Barcelona.
The newly founded European Chapter is holding its first prominent meeting as the Mayors for Peace commemorates the 75th anniversary year of the atomic weapon attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It has cooperated with the NFLA, who commemorated their own 40th anniversary earlier this month, and the Nobel Peace Laureate ICAN, to consider some core issues around the promotion of a more peaceful Europe.
Last month, Honduras became the 50th United Nations member state to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which means it will enter into force as a part of international disarmament law on the 22nd January 2021. The webinar will consider how this development, and in its interaction with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), may change the debate on weapons of mass destruction in Europe.
Across Europe many towns and cities, including the likes of Barcelona, Oslo, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bruges, Rotterdam, Brescia, Biograd na Moru, Luxembourg City and Gothenburg have passed resolutions supporting the TPNW and encouraging their own governments to engage with this disarmament process. The webinar will be showcasing some of these cities.
The Mayors for Peace European Chapter was also established to encourage the development of safer, resilient, sustainable and above all more peaceful towns and cities. The webinar is joining with the Global Parliament of Mayors to consider strategies to develop this around the continent.
Amongst the speakers to this webinar are:
- The Mayors of Hiroshima (recorded message), the European Chapter Chair Granollers, Manchester, Oslo, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona and Grigny (representing Mayors for Peace France).
- The Mayor of Braga, an Executive Member of the Global Parliament of Mayors.
- Beatrice Fihn and Daniel Hogsta, Executive Director and Campaigns Director of ICAN.
- Dr Tytti Erasto, Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
The webinar takes place on December 4th in English, with Spanish and French translation available. The three organising organisations have been delighted to work together on this webinar and are planning further webinars and other events in 2021 onwards.
Chair of the European Chapter of Mayors for Peace, Mayor Josep Mayoral Antigas, said:
“I am delighted so many prominent Mayors and other prominent speakers will be presenting their views on how to develop a more peaceful and secure Europe at a time of great crisis across our continent. It is wonderful to work with the Nobel Peace Laureate ICAN and the NFLA to encourage Mayors and Municipal Leaders of the importance of working at the local level for peace at the European and global level. It is wonderful to cooperate as well with the Global Parliament of Mayors, who have done so much to increase the importance and relevance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders being involved in international affairs, representing their local communities. It is critical we work together to promote peace and security and I urge municipalities to sign up and attend the first webinar of our new European Chapter.”
Chair of the UK and Ireland NFLA Steering Committee, Councillor David Blackburn added:
“The NFLA was established in November 1980 as the Cold War heated up and the threat of nuclear annihilation was a very real fear across Europe. Forty years on and there are still over 13,000 nuclear weapons in the world, many of them in Europe targeting our prominent towns and cities. NFLA welcomes the creation of the Mayors for Peace European Chapter and the urgent need to promote peace education and safer towns and cities we can all live in. The world is in a similar space now as it was in 1980, and it is more important than ever we stand up and work together to promote peace, security and disarmament.”
Executive Director of ICAN, Beatrice Fihn said:
“We are thrilled to work with UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities and the European Chapter of Mayors for Peace on this webinar, which presents one of the most exciting aspects of the movement in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW): the strong and ever-growing leadership of cities and towns. Municipal governments form a close and active link with their constituents and local social movements. As the TPNW enters-into-force on the 22 January 2021, an international coalition of cities and civil society can therefore play a game-changing role in breaking the unacceptable status quo in nuclear weapons policy, taking a decisive step towards elimination.”
For more information please contact:
Helena Aranda, Mayors for Peace European Chapter, email@example.com +34 (9)38 426 723
Sean Morris, NFLA / Mayors for Peace, firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)7771 930196
Daniel Hogsta, ICAN, email@example.com +41 (0) 22 788 2063
(1) A link to the flyer with the full programme for the Mayors for Peace Europe / NFLA / ICAN webinar can be found at:
(2) To register go to this Eventbrite link:
Full programme (all times GMT / CET):
9.10/10.10am Webinar explanation from moderator, Sean Morris, Manchester City Council
9.15/10.15am Video message from the Mayor of Kazumi Matsui of Hiroshima
9.20/10.20am Opening comments to introduce the webinar –
Mayor Josep Mayoral, Mayor of Granollers and Chair of the Mayors for Peace European Chapter
Executive Director of ICAN, Beatrice Fihn
9.30/10.30am Is a new Cold War of ‘self-centred nationalism’ putting European security at threat? Dr Tytti Erasto, Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
9.50/10.50am Short presentations on why leading European cities supports the TPNW:
– Deputy Mayor Laia Bonet Rull of Barcelona
– Mayor Marianne Borgen of Oslo
– Mayor Philippe Rio of Grigny & Chair of Mayors for Peace France
10.20/11.20am The role of the ICAN Cities Appeal in supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – Daniel Hogsta, ICAN Campaigns Coordinator
10.40/11.40am Panel discussion
11.00/12.00pm What is the role of towns and cities in developing safe, resilient and more peaceful communities?
– How Manchester responded after the May 2017 Arena terrorist attack, Councillor Eddy Newman, Manchester City Council and Lord Mayor of Manchester at the time of the attack
– Developing safer, resilient and more peaceful cities: the work of the Global Parliament of Mayors – Mayor Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga and Executive Member of the Global Parliament of Mayors
11.35am/12.35pm Panel discussion
11.55am/12.55pm Closing comments by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Thomas Judge