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 Community and Corporate Services Committee.
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.
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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 amoung people of all cultures and backgrounds.
Terms of Reference
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Arnold Koopman (Chair)
Johanna Haan (Vice-Chair)
Chuck Morris (Chair, Itabashi Sub-committee)
Charles Minken (Chair, Apeldoorn Sub-committee)
Sabrina Yott (Chair, United Nations Sub-committee)
Councillor Blair Lancaster
Lisa Palermo, Committee Clerk
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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 - Dutch Food and Games Night
Join us for a fun evening to celebrate the culture of our twin city - Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, 7 - 10 p.m.
FREE admission - Bring your friends and family
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 60, 828 Legion Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Contact the Legion at 905-639-6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Enjoy great Dutch food and drink and participate in the Sjoelbak tournament a traditional Dutch table top game.
|A reading recognizing our twinning relationship|
Carla van Surksum, Chair of Apeldoorn City Poet Committee and past participant of a citizen exchange from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, read and presented a specially commissioned poem to Mayor Goldring.
Apeldoorn's resident poet, Mr. Hanz Mirck was commissioned by Carla van Surksum to recognize the positive relationship between Apeldoorn and Burlington. Hanz Mirck is Apeldoorn's "Stads Dichter" - City Poet, Poet Laureate, or Poet-in-Residence. The role of the City Poet in Apeldoorn is to write poems about civic and cultural matters in and around Apeldoorn.
The poem was written to commemorate the special bond between Burlington and our twin city Apeldoorn. The presentation was held at A Different Drummer Books.
|48th Highlanders of Holland, Pipes and Drum|
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|Canada Netherlands Friendship Day|
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|Sakura Festival Photo Gallery|
|Donation to Reach Out Centre for Kids from a citizen of Itabashi, Burlington's twin city|
Through the concept of mundialization, connecting Burlington to the world, a citizen of Itabashi, Japan, is making a donation of 445,000 yen ($4755) to support the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK).
Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring; Councillor Blair Lancaster; Joanna Matthews President of Strategic Development, ROCK; and members of the Burlington's Mundialization Committee. The donor, Mr. Taroo Enomoto, will not be present. Mayor Goldring will make the presentation on his behalf.
Through the City of Burlington's Mundialization Committee, Burlington twinned with Mr. Enomoto's home city of Itabashi, Jampan. Mr. Enomoto also donated the rhododendrons at Paletta Lakefront Mansion in 1997 and has donated more than $30,000 towards important causes in Burlington over the past 27 years.
(from left to right: Ward 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster, Chuck Morris - Chair, Itabashi Subcommittee, Joanna Matthews - ROCK, Johanna Haan - Vice Chair, Mundialization Committee)
|Pen Pal Program Between twin cities|
Alexander's Public Elementary School in Burlington sends pen pal letters to students at OBS Sprengenpark Elementary School in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
|Photos from the Nihon University Buzan Girls' Junior and Senior High School|
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