The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform has focused on the topic of building peace in urban settings since 2013. Activities initially stemmed from the 2013 Annual Meeting and have since evolved via various networking efforts and initiatives.
Annual Meeting 2013 - Peacebuilding in the City: Responses to violence and fragility in urban settings
The Annual Meeting placed its spotlight on the urban dimension of peacebuilding as part of the Platform’s broader effort to better understand the challenges of new peacebuilding contexts. Key objectives of the Annual Meeting were to understand the challenges of building peace in ‘fragile’ cities, to foster exchange across the peacebuilding and urban safety communities, and to identify the options for cross-sectorial peacebuilding support in urban settings. Further information is available on the event page of the Annual Meeting 2013.
Technical Working Group on the Confluence of Urban Safety and Peacebuilding Practice
Since 2015, the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Urban Safety and Peacebuilding has brought together focal points on urban safety in cities with peacebuilding, peace mediation and conflict-prevention practitioners in order to help craft solutions to the rapidly increasing risk of conflict and insecurity in urban settings. The TWG objectives are to network urban safety and peacebuilding practitioners, develop a better understanding of practice at the nexus of urban safety and peacebuilding, and to contribute to developing an integrated approach on urban safety and peacebuilding. The TWG is a collective action exercise without dedicated funding.
The TWG has evolved into a network of over 100 professionals and mainly functions through web-based exchanges but has also held conferences in Mexico and Colombia, as well as on the sidelines of the HABITAT III Summit in Ecuador.
The Platform has produced eight publications, drawing on all major resources on the confluence of urban safety and peacebuilding practice.
For more information about the TWG:
For TWG research outputs see all new publications and resouces on the confluence of urban safety and peacebuilding in the Resources section
Conference series: Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities
The Platform also facilitated the organization of a conference series in collaboration with UNHABITAT and other partners on Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities in 2016 and 2017. The conferences had the overall aim of matching knowledge and experience about “what works” with identified needs to foster safe and inclusive cities. The conferences specifically focused on the state of safety in small and medium-sized cities and has been structured to elaborate a working agenda for future conferences.
For more information on the conferences see:
Towards a "Geneva Cities Forum"
The TWG and the conference series generated interest in the Geneva community to explore practical options to advance city-level networking. Outreach in Geneva and Nairobi in 2017 resulted in a consultation document on key strategic elements for a new partnership to strengthen city-level networking and expertise in the Geneva ecosystem of institutions. In late 2017, the Swiss Confederation and the City of Geneva supported a feasibility study with the aim to explore the concept of a Geneva Cities Forum and provide recommendations about how to advance a deeper partnership on city-level expertise, networks and activities between different Geneva-based institutions. A Geneva Cities Forum also stands to support the implementation of the new international consensus to prioritize safe and inclusive cities as endorsed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.
For more information see: