The definition of "mundialization" is the act of a city or local authority declaring itself a "world citizen" and being aware of global issues with a sense of shared rights and responsibility. The word itself stems from the Latin word "mundus" which means "world". The concept involves the twinning of cities from around the world, in the belief that peaceful cooperation depends on mutual trust and appreciation among peoples of different nations, races, cultures and systems. Mundialization encourages citizen connections as a way of fostering world peace and global understanding.
The Burlington Mundialization Committee is a citizen committee reporting to Council through the Committee of the Whole.
In 1984, a Mundialization Committee of volunteer citizens was formed in Burlington to pursue twinning with another country. A by-law was passed in 1985 to declare Burlington a "World Community" dedicated to international co-operation (mundialization) and that the City of Burlington, as part of its Mundialization program, proceed: (a) to undertake a twinning program with a municipality in another country, and (b) to fly the United Nations flag with the Canadian flag from City Hall at all times.
On May 12, 1989, Mayor Bird signed a twinning agreement with Mayor Kurihara of Itabashi, Japan.
On May 6, 2005, Mayor Mac Issac signed a twinning agreement with Mayor de Graaf of Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
Read about our Twin Cities: Apeldoorn and Itabashi.
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Read the latest United Nations news and activities.
Our mandate is to promote the City of Burlington as "A World Community" dedicated to the United Nations philosophy of peaceful co-operation among the peoples of the world and encourage community understanding of different cultures global issues by:
Each year on or around Oct. 24, Mundialization Committee members organize an event to celebrate the importance and achievements of the United Nations and its mandate to promote peace, understanding and tolerance among people of all cultures and backgrounds.
Terms of Reference
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Ed Dorr, Chair
Johanna Haan, Vice-Chair
Rob Lyng, Chair, Itabashi Sub-committee
Charles Minken, Chair, Apeldoorn Sub-committee
Sabrina Yott, Chair, United Nations Sub-committee
John Coyle (Alternate)
Councillor Blair Lancaster, Ward 6
Lisa Palermo, Committee Clerk
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Agenda and Minutes
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|Art Exhibit - Visual Poetry: Contemporary Woodcuts, Feb. 10 to April 2, 2017|
Feb. 10 to April 2, 2017
Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd.
Monday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Paper is given life through the works presented in the two shows A Safe Haven: Raphael Vella and Visual Poetry: Contemporary Woodcuts. As a time honoured medium for artists, paper allows for the expression of thoughts, observations, reflections and statements. Artists Raphael Vella (Malta), Tom Hammick (United Kingdom), Donna Ibing (Burlington, ON) and Naoko Matsubara (Oakville, ON) use this medium to explore a variety of subject matter from contemporary politics to everyday life.
Haiku - traditional Japanese poetry, April 22, 2017
Learn how to compose traditional haiku.
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Call to register: 905-639-3611, ext. 1321
Canada-Netherlands Friendship Day, May 6, 2017
May 6, 2017, 11 a.m.
Join Burlington's Mundialization Committee as they celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian Armed Forces and the 12th anniversary of the City of Burlington's twinning with the City of Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. The contributions of Dutch Canadians to Canada and Burlington will be highlighted at this free event which includes: flag raising, student art exchange display, music and reception with coffee, juice and Dutch cookies.
|Sakura Festival, May 6, 2017|
May 6, 2017, 1 to 3 p.m.
Burlington Mundialization Committee's annual Sakura Festival, an important Japanese custom to welcome spring, will be held at the Art Gallery of Burlington. This free event includes demonstrations of: taiko drumming, koto harp, odori dancing, kimono fashion show, martial arts and yosakoi dancing.
|Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) receive donation from Japanese philanthropist, March 7, 2017|
Japanese philanthropist Taroo Enomoto, from Burlington's twin city, Itabashi, Japan, has donated 450,000 yen (about C$4,753) to the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK).
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