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Peace in Our Cities Receives Support of UN Secretary-General

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Peace in our CitiesUN Secretary-General António Guterres
begin quoteCities have demonstrated that it is possible to act effectively to prevent and address the root cause of violence and insecurity. We need to reduce inequalities, and make cities more sustainable, inclusive and just.” - UN Secretary-General

In September 2020, the Peace in Our Cities initiative, co-facilitated by Impact:Peace at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, partnered with the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) to present a resolution to halve urban violence to the United Nations Secretary-General. The resolution was signed by more than 60 municipalities, together with city networks representing over 1,500 cities around the world, and builds on the Peace in Our Cities pledge to halve urban violence by 2030. 

The support of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres of the resolution marks an important moment as it signals the interdependencies between multilateralism - typically the remit of nation-states - and city-based efforts. The Secretary-General’s support affirms the importance of city leadership in preventing and mitigating violence and acknowledging the inter-dependencies between preventing violence and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resolution calls on cities around the globe to commit to reducing violence by 50% by 2030. It acknowledges that we have many of the tools, evidence, and knowledge to reduce urban violence. Through better leveraging networks, such as Peace in Our Cities, as well as UN offices, such as UN Habitat, we can improve outcomes on the ground. The Resolution further calls for centering the voices of those most impacted by violence, including both victims and perpetrators of violence and those caught up in the criminal justice system. It demands a break to intergenerational violence - the type that can trap communities into vicious cycles - and reinforces the importance of investment in and oversight of public health and public security efforts that prioritize human rights. 

Going forward, Impact:Peace will be working with all of our partners to make the language of this Resolution a reality through shifting both norms and practice.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out Impact:Peace here or contact us at: jcanney@sandiego.edu 

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Julia Canney
jcanney@sandiego.edu
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