If you stand or drive in front of Hamilton’s city hall, you might notice that we fly a United Nations flag on the front of the building alongside our more usual flags.
What many passersby may not realize is that there is a specific and historical reason why we do so.
On May 8, 1968, the City of Hamilton, by a resolution of council, and witnessed by the Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, was declared mundialized – a “world city.”
Mundialization is an old municipal peace activity. The word is derived from the Latin word mundus, meaning world, and it is an act whereby city council declares its city to be a world city, interdependent with other communities worldwide.
Hamilton’s sister city relationships include: Shawinigan, Que.; Flint, Mich.; Sarasota, Fla.; Monterrey, Mexico; Mangalore, India; Ma’anshan, China; Fukuyama, Japan; Kaga, Japan; Racalmuto, Italy; and Valle Peligna, Italy.
Some of the key purposes of mundialization are to promote Hamilton as a world city dedicated to global awareness, international co-operation and world law; to undertake twinning programs in international co-operation with like-minded municipalities; and to involve citizens of Hamilton from different cultures to share in our multicultural programs.
The Hamilton Mundialization Committee is a council mandated advisory committee of the City of Hamilton.
The committee’s purpose is to assist City Council in implementing its Mundialization resolution, and it helps to maintain the relationships between Hamilton and its twin-cities and to support local peace work and initiatives.
The World Citizenship Award, facilitated by the Hamilton Mundialization Committee on behalf of city council, honours Hamilton residents who have made significant contributions toward Hamilton’s world citizenship by promoting the values and core principles of mundialization and through work for world peace either locally or globally.
The 2017 World Citizenship Award will be open for nominations by the end of February and remain open until the end of April. It will be presented in May.
Do you know someone local deserving of recognition? Contact me at email@example.com for more information.
Jeff Bonner is a local real estate agent with City Brokerage and currently serves as the Chair of the Hamilton Mundialization Advisory Committee.