The Peace in Our Cities initiative seeks to galvanize a movement of people, mayors, and city governments to halve urban violence by 2030.
IN OUR CITIES
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
Today, 9 of 10 instances of lethal violence take place outside of conflict zones in locations broadly considered at peace. Much of this violence takes place in cities where the majority of humanity is projected to reside in the coming decades. While urban violence is often as complex a phenomenon as violence in conflict zones, the reaction to violence in cities too often provokes overly simplistic responses that do little to prevent and reduce violence in the near to long term. Peace in Our Cities seeks to reverse this trend by creating concrete, participatory, and evidence-based platforms that make progress toward SDG16+ with an initial focus on SDG16.1 (to significantly reduce all forms of violence).
Like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Peace in Our Cities seeks to become a preeminent organizing body to address one of today’s most pressing challenges: violence that threatens individual lives and undermines the very growth and prosperity of the urban world.
By signing the Peace in Our Cities SDG16+ Action Pledge, the following cities and partners have committed to participate in a city-to-city collaboration to address urban violence and establish an evidence-based framework to help save lives and enhance peace in our cities:
Central African Republic
Trinidad & Tobago