Building peace in the city

Towards a "Geneva Cities Forum"

  • Outreach in Geneva and Nairobi have resulted in a consultation document on key strategic elements for the establishment of a “Geneva Cities Forum” – a new partnership to strengthen city level networking and expertise in the Geneva ecosystem of institutions. See Towards a Geneva Cities Forum - revised consultation draft.pdf
  • This consultation document is open for comments and quereis for the period 30 June 2017. All comments and queries, or requests for bi-lateral conversations about this document, should be addressed to: Dr. Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform achim.wennmann@graduateinstitute.ch.

Confernece - Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities: Partnerships and Solutions for Localized Implementation, Geneva, 26-28 June 2017

  • The conference has the overall aim of matching knowledge and experience about “what works” with identified needs to foster safe and inclusive cities. The Conference specifically focuses on the situation of state of safety in small and medium cities and has been structured to elaborate a working agenda for inter-sessional processes in preparation of the next biannual conference in June 2019.
  • The event is the first of a biennial conference series in Geneva and is part of UN-Habitat’s Global Partnership Initiative on Urban Safety. These activities aim to facilitate stronger partnerships – including through the establishment of a Geneva Cities Forum – between local and national governments, international organizations, academia and other relevant stakeholders to ensure commitment to sustainable development and urbanization over the next 15 years.
  • For more infomation see the conference website.

 Technical Working Group on the Confluence of Urban Safety and Peacebuilding Practice

  • The Technical Working Group brings together focal points on urban safety with practitioners from the community of peacebuilding, peace mediation and conflict prevention in order to help craft solutions to the rapidly increasing risk of conflict and insecurity in urban settings.
  • In an initial phase until the end of 2016, the objectives of the Technical Working Group are to network urban safety and peacebuilding practitioners, to expand the evidence base of practice at the nexus of urban safety and peacebuilding, and to develop an integrated approach on urban safety and peacebuilding. By achieving these objectives, the Technical Working Group contributes to major agenda-setting processes, including the HABITAT III summit in October 2016.
  • The Technical Working Group is co-facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. The Technical Working Group also works in the context of the progress on city initiatives within the Global Network of Safer Cities (GNSC).
  • For more infiormation about the TWG see the  Stocktaking Report.
  • For more infirmation about TWG research outputs see all new publications and resouces on the confluence of urban safeyand peacebuilding.