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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Itabashi committed to peace

May 08, 2007

The city of Itabashi (Japan) has conveyed its commitment to peace by establishing a People’s Charter and Declaration of Peace.

The purpose of the People’s Charter is to show the sincere hope for the achievement of eternal peace, of love for their city, of the building of a comfortable city, and for the next generation to prosper in affluence.

Itabashi’s Declaration of Peace reflects their having been subjected to the atomic bomb at the end of the Second World War. The Declaration states the following: “We, the city of Itabashi, hereby declare our desire to create an environment rich in nature and culture in accordance with the concept of eternal peace specified in the Japanese constitution.”

ICLEI's Just, Peaceful and Secure Communities & Cities initiative adopts the LA21 process in preparing and working on Local Peace and Security Agendas. Since the members' endorsement of the program in 2002, ICLEI has made headways in developing training modules and the methodology towards a five-milestone local performance framework. With the support of the German Development Agency (GTZ) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), local government peace-building efforts have fluorished in Latin America, a region noted to have increasing levels of inequality and perceived injustice.

Itabashi is one of 21 local governments in Japan that are Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. To learn more about ICLEI and its activities in Japan, please visit www.iclei.org/japan.

Source: Itabashi website.