Along with a delegation of dignitaries the Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui met the Lord Mayor of Manchester Paul Murphy OBE earlier this week, in order to recognise the city’s role in the Mayors for Peace programme.
The Hiroshima delegation joined the Lord Mayor at Manchester Museum to meet local school children to learn about Project G, an initiative that saw Gingko seeds from tress that survived the bombing of Hiroshima presented to Manchester. The delegation then proceeded to Manchester Town Hall for a civic lunch and to give thanks to Manchester for accepting the role of Mayors for Peace.
Following the lunch a meeting was held with representatives of the Mines Advisory Group, to discuss developing coalitions of support to bring about a Nuclear Weapons Convention and to understand the wider work of the Nobel Peace Laureate group.
Mayors for Peace was founded in 1982 by the previous Mayor of Hiroshima Takeshi Araki, with the aim to provide a way for cities around the world to work towards the total abolition of nuclear weapons. As a ‘Lead City’ Manchester will help to develop a UK and Ireland Mayors for Peace chapter. The chapter will enable councils across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to unite and to call for the commencement of negotiations towards the elimination of nuclear weapons by the year 2020.
Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Paul Murphy OBE, has stated, “It was a great honour to welcome the Mayor of Hiroshima to our city. Mayors for Peace allows us to stand shoulder-to shoulder with cities across the world in calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and ensures we never forget or repeat the tragic events which unfolded in Japan in 1945. I am tremendously proud of Manchester’s involvement in Mayors for Peace”.