The City of Kyoto proposed the World Conference of Historical Cities in the hope of an exchange of precious experience and knowledge acquired by each of the Historical cities and exploring the roles which should be played by cities to encourage the well-being of human race and the enrichment of its culture as we head towards the 21st century.
On the occasion of the 4th World Conference of Historical Cities, held again in Kyoto in 1994, in order to further strengthen the foundation of the World Conference of Historical Cities it was decided to reorganize and develop the existing Council to form an expanded League of Historical Cities with new member cities.
The League was established with the unanimous approval of all participants.
The symbol mark for the League of Historical Cities was selected from 1,028 works from all over the world at General Assembly in Cracow in May, 1998.
This symbol mark was designed by Mr. Nobuyoshi Azuma (Kitakyushu city, Japan). The symbol implies:
A house is the beginning of the foundation of a city. A house represents historical cities on top of the globe which is the world. This mark symbolizes the realization of the world peace
the purpose of forming this League is to contribute to the realization of eternal world peace so desired for the future of mankind by all people everywhere; an organization which will deepen mutual understanding by transcending national boundaries and building on the common foundation of historical cities to strengthen affiliations between cities.
the aim is to make use of this coming together of cities for the World conference of Historical Cities in order to also establish a forum enabling further exchange between the participating cities; not only for the period during the conference, but on an ordinary, everyday basis as well; and not merely with respect to issues such as government, citizens' lifestyles, and so forth.
The League also aims to contribute to the further development of each historical city.
The league of historical cities has 116 members from the whole of the world and Shiraz has been a member of the league since 2014.