This year once more, the City of Yokohama took part in the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities’ (IAPMC) Conference. From September 25 to 29, the Chief Representative visited the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo. Approximately 50 officials of about 23 cities of 15 countries joined the assembly.
On the first day, apart from a board meeting, a city tour was arranged to visit the Sarajevo Tunnel, also called Tunnel of Hope, which functioned as escape passage from and humanitarian, as well as military supply path into Sarajevo, that was entirely cut off during the Siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War. The Sarajevo Tunnel Museum exhibited letters, family photos of happier times and destroyed toys and the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina had a special peace-related exhibition that was visited by the participants as well.
On the 27th, the conference was officially opened by the mayor of Sarajevo. During the afternoon’s session regarding the member cities’ plans to reach the SDGs, the Chief Representative presented Yokohama’s international cooperation on infrastructure technology and knowhow, talked about the YPORT Center, a knowledge hub for smart city management and introduced the process of the Asian-African cooperation on technology.
The last day focused on conflict resolution, immigration policy and issues arising from multiculturality. Further plans of where cities can strengthen and broaden their peace and SDG-related engagement were proclaimed in the Declaration of Sarajevo and the new IAPMC member states Prilep (North Macedonia) and Sremski Karlovci (Serbia) were confirmed.
Here you can find an article on the last IAPMC Conference in Volgograd.