Mayors for Peace raises welcome banners along Peace Boulevard

General conference to be held in Hiroshima’s Naka Ward on October 19 and 20

by Kana Kobayashi, Staff Writer

Mayors for Peace, for which Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matusi serves as president, raised banners to promote its general conference, to be held in the city’s Naka Ward on October 19 and 20, along Peace Boulevard in the vicinity of the conference venue. Mayors for Peace, composed of about 8,200 cities around the world, seeks nuclear abolition and lasting peace. The organization intends to generate momentum for the conference, which will be held in Hiroshima for the first time in nine years.

The white-and-green-colored banner is 250 centimeters long and 80 centimeters wide. Printed with a picture of the Atomic Bomb Dome and the organization’s logo with motifs of a pigeon, the banner announces the conference period and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Mayors for Peace. The organization put up a Japanese banner and an English banner on each of eight street lamps in the vicinity of the International Conference Center Hiroshima, a venue of the general conference. Mayors for Peace will convey the same information by a digital signage (an electronic signboard) and a vertical banner placed in the central part of the city.

The general conference is organized by Mayors for Peace and the Hiroshima City government. On October 19, an A-bomb survivor will provide her A-bomb testimony and member cities will speak about their efforts. On October 20, there will be a lecture and discussions on the theme of promoting a culture of peace, for which Anwarul Chowdhury, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General, will take the stage. Attendance is free for the first 100 people on each day and no advance reservations are required.

(Originally published on October 1, 2022)