Peace cities, activities, events and campaigns that promote nuclear-free zones, tolerance and multicultural living, and a culture of peace based on social, economic, environmental justice.
'Auckland City for Peace' Milestones
By Caroline Ongelo-Calub
In partnership with Auckland Council, The Peace Foundation was able to successfully accomplish milestones on the Auckland City for Peace since the adoption of the Auckland City for Peace declaration on 15 December 2011. Mayor Len Brown joined the Mayors for Peace International, which now has 6,374 cities in 160 countries and regions.
- 8 and 9 June: Launch of Auckland as City for Peace, also in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of New Zealand as a Nuclear-Free Nation
- 8 June: Launch of the Auckland City for Peace Celebration of Nuclear Free New Zealand DVD
- 12 June: His Holiness The Dalai Lama endorsed the Auckland City for Peace Declaration
- 19 November - 12 December: The Peace Foundation co-sponsored the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibit with Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bombs, the New Zealand Japan Society in Auckland, and AUT University
- 26 November: Launch of the "Auckland City for Peace Toolkit: A practical guide for Local Boards and communities on being a City for Peace"
- 26 November: Launch of the "Auckland City for Peace Awards - Youth Category"
- Presentation and distribution of the Toolkit to Auckland Local Boards, and other key stakeholders
- 21 September: Auckland City for Peace Awards - Youth and Adult Categories
- 26 September: Commemoration of the First United Nations Internal Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons with Waitakere Ranges and Whau Local Boards
- 24-26 November: Hosted Shinagawa delegates as Sister City of Auckland
There have been other peace activities held in co-ordination with Auckland Local Boards such as Pohutukawa for Peace Planting and Plaque Laying, and training on Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme and Leadership through Peer Mediation Programme. The Peace Foundation has also been continuously promoting Auckland City for Peace by participating in different community events such as the Auckland International Cultural Festival, and White Ribbon Campaign.
Auckland was declared a City for Peace on 15 December 2011. Being a City for Peace contributes to Auckland's aspirations of being the most liveable city in the world. It promotes nuclear-free zones, adheres to the principles of non-violence and tolerance, and a culture of peace based on social, economic and environmental justice. Auckland Council in partnership with The Peace Foundation launched Auckland as a City for Peace on 8 and 9 June 2012. Since then, it has launched the 'Auckland City for Peace Toolkit: A practical guide for Local Board's and communities on being a City for Peace, and the 'Auckland - City for Peace Youth Awards'.