The Peace in Our Cities initiative seeks to galvanize a movement of people, mayors, and city governments to halve urban violence by 2030.

PEACE

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: 

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Action Pledge

Evidence Brief

Statement of Solidarity: COVID-19

Action Report

Declaration:
A Decade of Action for Peace

JOIN US!

We invite interested cities and organizations to join the Peace in Our Cities network, as we continue gather partners who are committed to halving urban violence by 2030.

Express your interest by filling out this form.

Statement of Solidarity: COVID-19

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FACILITATORS

CITIES

Amman

Jordan

Bangui

Central African Republic

Cali

Colombia

Chaguanas

Trinidad & Tobago

Colombo

Sri Lanka

Dayton, Ohio

USA

Durban

South Africa

Edmonton
Canada

Escobedo

Mexico

Guadalajara

Mexico

Hargeisa

Somalia

Kumanovo

North Macedonia

Nairobi Municipality

Kenya

Oakland, California

USA

Palmira

Colombia

Tripoli

Lebanon

A Decade of Action for
Peace in Our Cities

Peace in Our Cities' Declaration for the International Day of Peace, the UN's 75th anniversary summit, and the Secretary-General's SDG Action Platform

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For us, Peace in Our Cities is very important, because we find allies with our same vision: the social prevention of violence to consolidate urban peace.

MAYOR NORMAN MAURICE ARMITAGE

Cali, Colombia

Commentary

"Women mayors know that Peace in Our Cities is possible"

By Mayors Rosy Senanayake (Colombo, Sri Lanka), Clara Luz Flores (Escobedo, Mexico), Nan Whaley (Dayton, Ohio)

"Cities using the SDGs to reduce urban violence"

By Rachel Locke (Impact:Peace), Anthony F. Pipa (Brookings), Max Bouchet (Brookings)

"How reducing inequality will make our cities safer"

By Robert Muggah (SecDev Group) and Sameh Wahba (World Bank)

"This election, let's bring peace home"

By Michael Young (International Alert)

"Reducing violence is not impossible, and cities are proving this"

By Joe Downy (Strong Cities Network)

EVENTS

Featuring Rachel Locke (Impact:Peace), Oscar Escobar (Mayor of Palmira, Colombia), Beatrice Kizi Nzovu (Life & Peace Institute, Kenya), Nan Whaley (Mayor of Dayton, Ohio, US)

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