As of February 1, 2017, a petition launched by Mayors for Peace to abolish nuclear weapons had 2,469,821 signatures.
The petition reads:
We, the undersigned, make the following request of the leaders of all nations states,and urge the United Nations to exercise strong leadership in the following:
- To ensure that no city will ever again be destroyed by a nuclear weapon, Start Negotiations Now! on a nuclear weapons convention!
- Do not allow war and do not target any city or civilian! Cities Are Not Targets!
Formed in 1982 and headquartered in Hiroshima, Japan, Mayors for Peace is composed of cities around the world. As of February 1, 2017, membership stood at 7,219 cities in 162 countries and regions. The organization was registered as an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in May 1991. Winnipeg became a member in 2003.