Peace in Our Cities

More people are dying on the streets of the world's cities than in conflict zones – yet society has failed to give the problem sufficient attention. 

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Peace in Our Cities is a diverse network driven by its members’ need to address severe violence. We partner with cities and organizations around the world to achieve one bold, unifying goal of halving urban violence in cities by 2030. We network to reduce and prevent urban violence—preserving lives and helping cities thrive.

Our Goals

Peace in Our Cities, launched in 2019, and has since evolved into a unique global platform working to:

  • Amplify policymaker awareness of the genuine scope and scale of urban violence and opportunities available to help cities address it.
  • Advance evidence-informed policy solutions and peacebuilding approaches to reduce the most severe forms of violence in urban contexts.
  • Accompany city leaders, community partners, and civil society through peer-exchanges and information access to realize ambitious targets for violence reduction.

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Latest Announcement

The Peace in Our Cities co-facilitators announce that the Carnegie Corporation of New York has granted a two-year award to fortify ongoing efforts led by Peace in Our Cities—building on the Corporation’s commitment to bolster initiatives reimagining multilateral approaches to global challenges.

Carnegie Corporation Awards Two-Year Grant to Elevate City Action for Peace

Participants at the Peace in Our Cities convening in Medellín, Colombia. June 2023.

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  • Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention
  • Creative
  • Generations for Peace
  • Peace Direct
  • Life & Peace Institute
  • Partners Global
  • Red Dot Foundation
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Strong Cities
  • Somaliland SDG16+ Coalition
  • Reach Edmonton - Council for Safe Communities
  • UN Habitat - For a Better Urban Future
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Urban Violence Research Network
  • Global Parliament of Mayors
  • United Nations Institute For Disarmament Research
  • European Forum for Urban Security
  • Fight for Peace
  • Fundación Alvaralice
  • Conciliation Resources
  • Dayton International Peace Museum
  • University of Dayton Human Rights Center
  • California Violence Prevention Network
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Partners Colombia
  • Peace Initiative Network
  • Geneva Cities Hub
  • National OVP Network
  • Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
  • P4DP
  • Arquicali De Cali - Dirección Reconciliación y Paz
  • Fundacion Sidoc
  • Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime

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Peace in Our Cities Symposium

June 2023: Peace in Our Cities network members and partners gathered in Medellin, Colombia for the first 'Peace in Our Cities Symposium on Urban Violence'.

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