The Peace in Our Cities network seeks to galvanize mayors, city governments, and civil society organizations to halve urban violence by 2030.
IN OUR CITIES
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
More people are dying on the streets of the world’s cities than in conflict zones, yet we have failed to give the problem sufficient attention.
Growing urban areas, strained social services, and increasing patterns of precarity and inequality threaten to further exacerbate violence patterns in cities.
Luckily, we have tried and tested tools and evidence-based solutions which have in the past helped drastically reduce violence in cities across the world.
Peace in Our Cities, a network of 20 cities and 30 community-based and international partners, has quickly established itself as a pioneering platform championing bold urban violence reduction goals and actionable ideas. We seek to work with city leaders and partners to halve urban violence by 50% 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).
Since our launch in 2019, Peace in Our Cities has evolved into a platform working to:
Central African Republic
Trinidad & Tobago
Adapting Urban Violence Prevention Efforts during COVID-19: A Series
In 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, member cities prioritized gaps in knowledge relating to how to adapt to violence prevention efforts as the pandemic continues.
Impact:Peace initiated action-oriented research in 6 different areas: (1) violence against women; (2) violence in informal settlements; (3) violence associated with organized crime/criminal groups; (4) city interaction with national or state policy that may hamper prevention efforts; (5) social media’s influence on violence; and (6) how to foster healthy relationships between communities and law enforcement.
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COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS & EVENTS
20 Feb 2020
World Urban Forum:A Decade of Action to Transform Urban Violence: Achieving SDG16+ and Implementing the UN system-wide Guidelines on Safer Cities and Human Settlements"
Peace in Our Cities