Around 50 cities and towns have joined the #PeaceStartsHere initiative promoted by the European Chapter of Mayors for Peace on the occasion of the International Day of Peace (September 21 2022). Local representatives from Catalonia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom were particularly active in sharing their messages during the day.

Mayors, councilors and technical officers in charge of their municipalities’ agendas on peace shared pictures of their cities and towns together with short messages related to peace. Most of them recalled that local action is key to build more peaceful communities; thanks to civic participation, social inclusion policies and peace education activities. 

The European Chapter is looking forward to continuing mobilizing the network in order to make local governments’ contribution to peace more visible, and to publicly celebrate local leadership and commitment towards the peace and nuclear disarmament agenda.

List of participating members: 

  • Barcelona (Province)
  • Bigues i Riells
  • Canovelles
  • Castellbisbal
  • Darmstadt 
  • Gavà
  • Granollers
  • Grigny
  • Hannover
  • Hiroshima
  • Malakoff
  • Manchester
  • Marbach
  • Marl
  • Mitte (Berlin)
  • Molins de Rei 
  • Mollet del Vallès
  • Palma de Cervelló
  • Sabadell
  • Sant Adrià del Besòs
  • Sant Boi de Llobregat
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat
  • Sant Fost
  • Sant Pere de Ribes
  • Sant Vicenç dels Horts
  • Santa Coloma de Gramenet
  • Santa Perpètua de Mogòda
  • Steinfort
  • Tona
  • Viladecans
  • Würzburg

List of participating partners:

  • Centre Delàs
  • Fons Català de Cooperació
  • Fundipau
  • Justícia i Pau
  • World Friendship Center (Hiroshima)