On November 28th, the first Mayors for Peace event in the Basque Country was celebrated in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the region’s capital city. The meeting was held in the headquarters of the Basque President, drawing 15 mayors from across the region. The purpose of the event was to introduce the activities of Mayors for Peace and invite more mayors in the area to join the network.

Mayors and vice mayors from the following 15 cities participated in the event: Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, San-Sebastian, Arrasate-Mondragon, Galdakano, Getxo, Basauri, Portugalete, Abanto-Zierbana, Irun, Llodio, Hernani, Otxandio, Durango and Elgoibar. There were also representatives from EUDEL, an association that represents the 251 mayors of the Basque Country. While some mayors who are actively involved in peace projects, such as the City of Guernika-Lumo, were not able to attend due to other commitments, EUDEL pledged to share information about the event to all its members and invite them to join Mayors for Peace.

The meeting was opened by two representatives from the central Basque Government: Jonan Fernandez, General Secretary of Peace and Mediation, and Monika Hernando, General Director of Peace and Human Rights. Participants were then presented with a video message from Yasuyoshi Komizo, Secretary General of Mayors for Peace, followed by a presentation by JAM&MBA Global CEO Jon Musatadi who introduced Mayors for Peace and his recent work related with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The final speaker was Mayor Josep Mayoral of Granollers, a vice president of Mayors for Peace, and representative of the Catalan Chapter of Mayors for Peace, who gave a very meaningful speech about Granoller’s initiative in peace and nuclear disarmament.