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Eleventh Mayors Conference

 

Host City

Anchorage, United States (Mayor: Mark Begich)

 

Venue

Anchorage Hilton, Egan Civic & Convention Center, Sullivan Arena

 

Period

February 18-22, 2004

 

Participants

27 cities from 11 countries

Prince George, Calgary, Fort Nelson, Leduc, Prince Rupert, Sault Ste. Marie, Yellowknife (Canada), Changchun, Harbin, Jiamusi, Qiqihar, Shenyang (China), Maardu (Estonia), Nuuk (Greenland), Aomori, Sapporo, Chitose (Japan), Taebaek (Korea), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Tromsø (Norway), Magadan (Russia), Kiruna (Sweden), Anchorage, Barrow, Elim, Juneau, Metlakatla (U.S.A.)

 

Main Theme

Challenging Winter Frontiers

 

Board of Directors

President
 Mayor of Sapporo
Vice Presidents

 Mayor of Tromsø

 Mayor of Shenyang (re-elected)

 Mayor of Prince George (re-elected)

Directors

 Mayor of Anchorage

 Mayor of Changchun (newly-elected)

 Mayor of Kiruna

Auditor

 Mayor of Ulaanbaatar

 

Change in Member Cities

New membership: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia)
Withdrawals: Takikawa (Japan), Luleå (Sweden)

 

Revitalization of the IAMNC

The following three points were decided regarding the revitalization of the IAMNC:
1. In order to share knowledge and experiences regarding the creation of “livable winter cities” with as many cities as possible that are challenged by winter-related issues, the target membership area will be expanded and the name of the association will be changed to the “World Winter Cities Association for Mayors.”
2. Based on the revitalization plan approved at the conference, member cities will collaboratively promote the revitalization of the World Winter Cities Association for Mayors, as well as strengthen the network among sustainable winter cities, and make an utmost effort to expand the membership. Some of the measures for the plan are to:

• implement collaborative projects
• promote city-to-city exchange individually
• expand the theme area to include issues challenging smaller communities
• strengthen the link with the United Nations while making good use of the characteristics of winter cities with regard to the fields of education, culture, environment, etc.

3. Member cities will make full effort to promote new membership recruitment.

 

Mayors Conference

1. Opening Session

・Keynote speech:
Lecturer: Martin Buser, Four Time Iditarod Race Champion

2. Mayors Session

・Winter City Designs: Satellite Town Centers
The city of Anchorage made a presentation on the Creekside Town Center which the city of Anchorage has been planning to build. The presentation was followed by a discussion of city planning among the participants.
・The Role of the Sports Community in the Development of Municipal Services and Venues The city of Anchorage made a presentation on the role of the sports community, on which theme the participants later discussed among each other.

3. Plenary Session

The Anchorage Conference was concluded, and items of conference resolutions were discussed.

 

Reports

Secretariats from the subcommittees presented their reports.
1. Final Report

・Subcommittee for Countermeasures against Natural Disasters by the Sapporo Fire Bureau

・Subcommittee for Snow Management by Prince George

2. Interim Report

・Subcommittee for Sustainable Winter Cities Planning by Aomori
・Subcommittee for Measures against Terrorism in Northern Cities by Anchorage

 

Selection of the Host City for the 13th WWCAM Conference

Nuuk, Greenland has been selected as the host city for the 13th World Winter Cities Conference for Mayors 2008.

 

Resolutions

1. In order to share knowledge and experiences regarding the creation of “livable winter cities” with as many cities as possible that are challenged by winter-related issues, the target membership area will be expanded and the name of the association will be changed to the “World Winter Cities Association for Mayors.”
2. Based on the revitalization plan approved at the conference, member cities will collaboratively promote the revitalization of the World Winter Cities Association for Mayors, as well as strengthen the network among sustainable winter cities, and make an utmost effort to expand the membership. Some of the measures for
this plan are to:

(1) implement collaborative projects
(2) promote city-to-city exchange individually
(3) expand the theme area to include issues challenging smaller communities
(4) strengthen the link with the United Nations while making good use of the characteristics of winter cities with regard to the fields of education, culture, environment, etc.
(5) strengthen the link with citizens, indigenous people, private organizations and business communities.

3. Member cities will make full use of the information obtained through the discussions of the sessions held under the following titles: “Role of the Sports Community in the Development of Venues” and “Winter Cities Designs: Satellite Town Center.”
4. The Subcommittees for Countermeasures against Natural Disasters and Snow Management completed their four-year research and study, and presented their final report. Member cities are encouraged to make an utmost effort to utilize the outcomes of both subcommittees’ research. The Subcommittees for Measures against Terrorism in Northern Cities and for Sustainable Winter Cities presented their interim reports. They will continue their work and will present their final reports at the 12th Mayors Conference in Changchun.
5. The 13th World Winter Cities Conference for Mayors 2008 shall be hosted by the city of Nuuk, Greenland.
6. Mr. Nobuo Katsura, former mayor of Sapporo, who contributed to the development of the International Association of Mayors of Northern Cities, shall be honored and honorary membership will be granted.
7. Mr. Mark Begich, mayor of Anhcorage, who hosted the 11th Northern Intercity Conference of Mayors, and the citizens of Anchorage who supported the conference shall be greatly honored.

 

Winter Expo

1. Pac Com 2004

Exhibitors: 127 businesses and organizations from 5 countries
Fields of exhibition: construction, mining and manufacturing, housing, etc.

2. International Marketplace

Exhibitors: 69 businesses and organizations from 5 countries

Fields of exhibition: culture, crafts, arts, etc.

 

Winter Cities Forum

Thematical fields: 11
“Social & Cultural,” “Energy & Environment,” “Construction Techniques,” “Economics & Planning,” “Health & Medicine,” “Security & Safety,” “Snow Removal,” “Cold Weather Engineering,” “Rural Outreach & Urban Growth,” and “Cold Weather Effects on Studded Tires.”
Presenters: 53 presenters from 20 cities from 7 countries

 

Member Cities of the World Winter Cities Association for Mayors

18 cities from 11 countries (As of February 22, 2004)

Canada Prince George
China

Changchun, Harbin, Jiamusi, Jilin, Jixi, QJiliniqihar, Shenyang

Estonia Maardu
Greenland Nuuk
Japan Aomori, Sapporo
Korea Taebaek
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
Norway Tromsø
Russia Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Sweden Kiruna
United States Anchorage

 

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