From October 10-November 1, the Chief Representative went to Volgograd, Russia, in order to join the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities’ Conference (IAPMCC). Together with the mayors and vice mayors of the member cities, a peace declaration was approved, and Yokohama had the chance to present its peace creation process.
On the first day the participants visited the Square of the fallen fighters where they attended a wreath-laying ceremony and afterwards visited the eternal flame in the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex and the statue of the Motherland on the top of the hill, as well as the Volgograd State Panoramic Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad.
Yokohama is one of the Peace Messenger Cities
On the next day, an international intercity diplomacy forum was held with the title “Volga Dialogue: The mutual understanding of peace”. Here Mr. Tamai took part as a panelist and commented on the role of the Yokohama city government in the peace creation process.
In the evening the IAPMCC was opened with the first plenary session. For Yokohama, it was the first time in 8 years to join this conference again and to have the opportunity of a speech in front of the member cities.
On November 1st, the day was divided into the international intercity diplomacy forum in the afternoon and the closing session of the IAPMC conference in the evening. This time the forum was held under the topic “Living Quality enhancement – the cities’ peace creation process”. Mr. Tamai had the opportunity here to introduce Yokohama’s measures and progress in the fields of city-to-city cooperation, international cooperation and multiculturality. Apart from that presentation, he took part in several subcommittees. The results of the talks were afterwards presented by each group in the evening conference.
As well as enhancing the international relations in the fields of environment and sustainable technologies, Yokohama is very interested in further engagement in the international peace creation process, especially because an Ordinance on Promotion of International Peace has just been enacted in Yokohama in June 2018.