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The Peace in Our Cities network seeks to galvanize mayors, city governments, and civil society organizations to halve urban violence by 2030.

PEACE

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: 

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FACILITATORS

CITIES

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Abeokuta

Nigeria

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Amman

Jordan

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Bangui

Central African Republic

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Cali

Colombia

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Chaguanas

Trinidad & Tobago

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Colombo

Sri Lanka

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Dayton, Ohio

USA

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Durban

South Africa

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Edmonton
Canada

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Escobedo

Mexico

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Guadalajara

Mexico

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Hargeisa

Somalia

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Kano

Nigeria

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Kumanovo

North Macedonia

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Mechelen

Belgium

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Nairobi Municipality

Kenya

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Niterói

Brazil

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Oakland, California

USA

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Palmira

Colombia

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Tripoli

Lebanon

FEATURED

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.

Download the full compendium, here.

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COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS & EVENTS
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7 Nov 2019

Geneva Peace Week: ‘Ending Urban VIolence to Build Urban Peace.’

Event

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30 Apr 2021

Peace in Our Cities in a Time of Pandemic

Impact:Peace

Report

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30 Apr 2021

Peace in Our Cities in a Time of Pandemic: Compilation Report

Peace in Our Cities

Report

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3 Aug 2020

World Bank Fragility Forum 2020: Making the Case for Peace in Our Cities: Interview with Mayor Jules Abézoua of Bangui (CAR)

Peace in Our Cities

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8 Sep 2020

Halving Violence and Building Peace by 2030

Peace in Our Cities

Report

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21 Sep 2020

A Decade of Action for Peace in Our Cities

Peace in Our Cities

Statement

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10 Feb 2021

Police, Communities, and Relationships During COVID-19

Julia Canney

Blog

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23 Sep 2019

Peace in Our Cities — Local Steps towards Halving Global Violence

Bojan Francuz

Blog

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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

Event

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30 Apr 2021

Peace in Our Cities in a Time of Pandemic

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Report

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11 Nov 2020

SDG16+ Campeones del Cambio: La alcaldesa que trabaja con su comunidad para poner fin a la violencia

Pathfinders

Blog

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4 Aug 2020

World Bank Fragility Forum 2020: Making the Case for Peace in Our Cities: Mayor Clara Luz Flores of Escobedo, Nuevo León (MX)

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1 May 2020

COVID-19 Statement of Solidarity: Advancing Health, Reinforcing Peace

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Statement

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1 Feb 2021

Peace in Our Cities in a Time of Pandemic: Digital Threats & Urban Violence Prevention

Dr. Lisa Schirch for
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Evidence Brief

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9 Feb 2021

Preventing Violence Against Women (VAW): How local governments are tackling VAW in a COVID-19 Context and Beyond

Valeria Gomez Palacios

Blog

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1 Feb 2021

Peace in Our Cities in a Time of Pandemic: Competing for Governance and Legitimacy with Organized Criminal Groups in the time of COVID-19

Carlos Munoz Burgos for Peace in Our Cities

Evidence Brief

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5 Feb 2020

Strategy Meeting: Peace in Our Cities

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Event

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24 May 2021

Niterói passa a integrar plataforma internacional de combate à violência urbana

Globo

News

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11 Nov 2020

SDG16+ Champions of Change: The mayor working with her community to stop violence

Pathfinders

Blog

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30 Jul 2020

World Bank Fragility Forum 2020: A Mayor’s Call: Making the Case for Peace in Our Cities

Peace in Our Cities

Event

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1 May 2020

COVID-19 Statement of Solidarity: Advancing Health, Reinforcing Peace

Peace in Our Cities

Statement

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6 Apr 2021

CSW65: Event Recap

Valeria Gomez Palacios

Blog

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8 Mar 2021

Building Peace in Our Cities During a Pandemic: Digital Threats & Urban Violence Prevention

Zander Willoughby

Blog

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30 Apr 2021

Peace in Our Cities in a Time of Pandemic

Impact: Peace

Report

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24 May 2021

Niterói é a primeira cidade brasileira a fazer parte do “Peace in our cities”

News

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23 Sep 2020

Eleven cities and six global partners around the world pledge accelerated actions towards the ambitious goal of halving urban violence by 2030

Peace in Our Cities

Statement

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5 May 2021

2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development: Harnessing Action Research and Narrative Change During COVID-19

Peace in Our Cities Team

Event

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1 May 2020

COVID-19 Statement of Solidarity: Advancing Health, Reinforcing Peace

Peace in Our Cities

Statement

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5 Apr 2021

Building Peace in Our Cities During a Pandemic: Competing with Organized Criminal Groups

Julia Canney

Blog

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15 Mar 2021

Paying for Peace in Our Cities: How to finance urban violence reduction when funds are tight and priorities abundant

Bojan Francuz

Blog

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