Oak Bay mayor becomes peace advocate

Mayors for Peace earns commitment from Oak Bay

Nils Jensen will add his name to the long list of mayors who advocate for peace, thanks to a motion passed at the Oak Bay Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.

Mayors for Peace, an organization that strives to raise international public awareness for the need to abolish nuclear weapons, was created in 1982 in an effort to recognize the world-wide trauma of the bombing of Hiroshima.

While the event that spurred the group happened in 1945, a motion for Oak Bay’s mayor to sign into official membership with the organization was passed Monday night, in part to recognize the impending need for peace.

“The motion seemed apropos, given the state of geo-political affairs that we are seeing in the Middle East,” said Jensen. “Yes, this is a little outside Oak Bay’s normal jurisdiction, but this is a sentiment that affects us all, and we could all commit, as a council, to the goal of peace.”

There is no anticipated fee for Jensen to join the group, and he notes that he is not expected to attend any international conferences.

To learn more about the organization, visit mayorsforpeace.org.