Mayors for Peace to Rafael de la Rubia, World without Wars and Violence
I hope this email finds you well.
Let me express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support for the activities of Mayors for Peace.
Today, the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima delivered this year’s Peace Declaration at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. Please find attached a letter from Mayor Matsui and the Peace Declaration in PDF format for your reference. It would be most appreciated if you would kindly help us foster and expand international public opinion through widely sharing the Peace Declaration.
The Peace Declaration is also available online at the City of Hiroshima website:
A video clip of Mayor Matsui delivering the Peace Declaration will be posted on the same page soon.
Mayor Matsui’s letter also asks you to help us increase the member cities of Mayors for Peace. The recruitment packet is available online at the Mayors for Peace website in multiple languages. We ask for your kind cooperation in expanding the Mayors for Peace network.
I close with best wishes for your continued good health and happiness.
Mayors for Peace Secretariat
1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Tel: +81-82-242-7821 Fax: +81-82-242-7452
Mayors for Peace letter
August 6, 2018
Dear Mayors for Peace Member City,
We hope this message finds you in the best of health and spirits.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to your city’s ongoing support for the initiatives of Mayors for Peace.
Today I would like to share with you the Peace Declaration I delivered at this year’s Peace Memorial Ceremony.
This is a quote from the Peace Declaration: “One hibakusha says, ‘World leaders should gather in the A-bombed cities, encounter our tragedy, and, at a minimum, set a course toward freedom from nuclear weapons. I want human beings to become good stewards of creation capable of abolishing nuclear weapons.’ He asks world leaders to focus their reason and insight on abolishing nuclear weapons so we can treasure life and avoid destroying the Earth.”
In order to achieve a world without nuclear weapons, we consider it essential that this spirit of Hiroshima becomes the consensus of the international community and that the civil society members are united in working to nurture better conditions for world leaders to take initiatives.
It would be most appreciated if you would kindly help us foster and expand international public opinion through widely sharing the Peace Declaration attached. We would also like to ask for your generous help in further expanding the Mayors for Peace membership, which stands at 7,632 cities in 163 countries and regions as of August 1. Please invite mayors of your sister cities and neighboring cities who are not yet members to join Mayors for Peace.
It is my sincere hope that your city will continue to work with us to achieve our objectives: “Realization of a world without nuclear weapons” and “Realization of safe and resilient cities”, which we believe will lead us to our ultimate goal, that of lasting world peace
I close with my best wishes for your good health and every success in your endeavors.
MA TSUI Kazumi President of Mayors for Peace Mayor of Hiroshima
Mayors for Peace
C/O Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, 1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811 Japan Phone: +81-82-242-7821 Fax: +81-82-242-7452 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org