The mundialization movement was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. The surviving citizens of this city devastated by the world’s first atomic bomb signified their resolve to work for a world federation which would make forever impossible a repetition of the tragedy which their city had undergone.
Understandably, Japan has witnessed the greatest development in mundialization. The city of Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture, was mundialized in 1950. The village of Hozumi, Nagano Prefecture, followed. The movement speeded up greatly in 1956 when Japan was allowed to become a member of the United Nations. In 1965, the mundialized local governments in Japan embraced 21 prefectures and 267 cities, towns and villages, representing a total population of 54 million – or more than half of the total population of Japan. Presently the World Council for Mundialization is in Okayama which links all the mundialized satellites.
In a response to (American) Garry Davis’s declaration of world citizenship, Colonel Robert Sarrazac initiated the mundialization movement. In July 1949 under the guise of the Mundialist Research and Study Centre, together with town citizens, Sarrazac developed and passed the first charter of mundialization in Cahors, France. Today there are more than 500 mundialized municipalities in France.
Drs Alan and Hanna Newcombe of the Peace Research Institute in Dundas, while reading articles for their Peace Research Abstracts, became aware of the mundialization movement. In 1967 with the help of these world minded citizens Dundas, Ontario became the first mundialized municipality in North America, twinning with Kaga, Japan. Hamilton soon followed in 1968 and twinned with Mangalore, India.