A researcher compiling a leaflet about the city tried for three months to obtain a paragraph from Mayor Anita Ward. However, despite repeated communications from the Mayors Parlour promising ‘jam tomorrow’, not one word was sent. The leaflet will therefore simply contain general information and her photograph in regalia. In 2005 Birmingham joined Mayors for Peace, which now has 5,136 member cities from 153 countries and regions. Mayors for Peace, through close cooperation among the cities, strive to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and contributes to the realization of genuine and lasting 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.

Some Mayors for Peace at a special session on disarmament held at the U.N. many years ago

To learn more about the organisation and its president, the current Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, follow the links on this site.

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