Building peace in the city

Biennial conference series on ‘Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities’

  • Building on the need for safer cities for people and for stronger enabling conditions to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and implement the New Urban Agenda, this document sets out the key elements for a biennial conference series on ‘Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities’ in Geneva, with the first conference to take place 26-28 June 2017. 
  • Over the next 15 years, the biennial conference series has the overall objective to facilitate stronger partnerships between local and national governments, international organizations, academia and other relevant stakeholders to ensure commitment for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also aims to leverage existing practice and capacities for change through facilitating direct access for local and international actors relevant for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda to the solutions available within or via the institutional, practical and intellectual ecosystem of International Geneva.
  • The biennial conference draws on the comparative advantage of Geneva as a global hub for peace, rights and well-being with a near universal representation of UN Member states and with specialized international and non-governmental organizations that are working on all aspects related to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda.
  • For more information see Concept note - Biennial confernece - 13 December 2016.pdf
  • SAVE THE DATE for the first biennial confernece  - Reviewing the state of safey in cities - 26-28 June 2017.pdf

 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.