What is the WWCAM?
The World Winter Cities Association for Mayors (WWCAM) is a network that brings together winter cities of the world to meet and learn from each other about winter technologies and experiences under the slogan “Winter is a Resource and an Asset.” Formerly called the Northern Intercity Conference, the association was initiated by the City of Sapporo in 1981 and the first Mayors Conference was held the following year. In 2004, aiming for further development of the association, the name was changed to World Winter Cities Association for Mayors. As members of the international community, mayors of winter cities gather together under one roof to share information and technologies useful for comfortable winter living and address issues facing the world that we all must collaborate together to deal with, such as global environmental issues. Interaction between cities with similar cold, snowy environments leads to the creation of both tangible and intangible assets for each city. The WWCAM has also been a registered NGO with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Department of Global Communications (DGC) (formerly the Department of Public Information (DPI)).