International Association of Peace Messenger Cities
1. The Association is established to encourage cities to help create a
culture of peace and has as it aims:
- to promote understanding between peoples
- to enable the promotion of solidarity between them
- to spread the spirit of peace, tolerance and mutual respect
- to promote efforts aimed at combating wars, hunger and natural
- to ensure that governments understand that nuclear disarmament is a primary
necessity, as are the protection of human rights, liberty and the free movement of
2. It shall engage in a number of activities, particularly in the following
- Education and information
- Environmental protection
- Enhancement of quality of life
Rotary Districts Peace Cities & Communities... making the world a more
by Building Bridges with Sister Cities International one Rotary Peace City at a
Mach 4, 1985
In the past, our country has experienced the sadness from an Atom Bomb
This makes our nation determined that history will not be repeated.
All of us yearn for peace, continue making an effort to create peace, and wish that
we all can live in a peaceful environment in the future.
However, presently around the world, international affairs are becoming
increasingly tense and cause our citizens great concern.
In response to the present turmoil across the world, Matsudo City now more then ever,
willfully observe the peaceful spirit that is the fundamental philosophy of the Japanese Constitution.
We will endeavor to maintain nation wide peace, comply with the three anti-nuclear
principles and posses the desire to abolish all nuclear weapons and the accomplishment of permanent peace
throughout the world.
Therefore, we now declare our city as the “World Peace City”.
THEORY OF CHANGE
Peace Direct was born out of a passion to provide local peacebuilders, often risking
their lives on the front line of conflict, with the resources they need to carry out their work. But Peace Direct’s
own contribution will always be limited. In addition to what we can do on our own, we also need to shift the
balance of power and resources in the wider world – towards those who have the deep local knowledge of a conflict
and its causes, the moral authority to challenge people to change, and the long-term commitment to fight for
Through our theory of change (below), we integrate our work in finding and funding
partners, with our promotion of the concept of local peacebuilding. We demonstrate the viability and impact of
local peacebuilding by evaluating our own projects, while showing, through our wider work in promotion, that these
are representative of thousands of similar projects across the world.
Insight on Conflict’s blogs, monthly summaries of research and practice in
peacebuilding, as well as the increasing traffic to this website, demonstrate a growing recognition of the
limitations of externally driven interventions, vital as these may be in some situations, and thus a growing
interest from many quarters in local peacebuilding.
The Local First initiative, which we launched with others in 2012, takes the
concept of ‘locally led development’ beyond the peacebuilding sector, and suggests practical changes in behaviour
that will translate into more effective action on the ground, drawing on our own experience in working with local
Gong of Peace in Vientiane - Patuxay Park
Presented to the Government of the Laos People's Democratic Republic, by the World Peace Committee of the Republic
of Indonesia on 22nd November 2008.
Taiping Peace Wall
" May Peace Prevail on Earth "
Launched on 13th March 2012, by Judy Cheng - Hopkins,
Assistant Secretary - General for Peacebuilding Support - United Nations