As part of the World Bank Group's Fragility Forum 2020, The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform along with other partners, will be organizing a session called "Diffusing the urban time bomb: Integrating approaches to build peace in the city". The session will take place on Tuesday 3 March 2020 in Washington DC.
- The Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding
- Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
- Good Governance Africa
- Beatrice Nzovu, Head of Office, Life & Peace Institute-Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
- Alain Tschudin, Director General, Good Governance Africa, Durban, South Africa
- Bernardo María León Olea, Head of Unit for Innovation Projects, Office for Governance Innovation, Presidency of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
- Kathrin Lorenz, Director of Governance and Conflict Department, GIZ Headquarter Office, Eschborn, Germany
- Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, Geneva, Switzerland (Moderator)
The world is facing a ticking urban time bomb as mega trends such as climate change, population growth, and geopolitical shifts find their impact expressed in cities. At the same time, current political and economic systems are struggling to deliver broad-based opportunities and participation leading to growing polarization and conflict between incumbent elites and marginalized populations. Since at least over a decade, strategic foresight has raised the alarm about these dynamics, yet international institutions, governments and professional communities are not catching up fast enough to adapt their approaches. In the face of these challenges, this round-table focuses on the opportunities of an integrated agenda across violence reduction and prevention, crime and drug policy, urban planning, and peacebuilding and mediation practice. Despite an ever-growing professionalization, these fields have stayed largely within their respective silos and associated institutional spaces in international organizations or governments.
The session asks:
- What are the principles that connect approaches of different fields of practice? What divides fields of practice and makes integrated approaches difficult?
- What are the key points of learning from the application of integrated approaches in cities?
- What are the processes necessary to strengthen integrated approaches in the short, medium and long term? What funding mechanisms are necessary to support integrated approaches?
The target audience of the round-table are senior experts working in the fields of violence reduction and prevention, crime and drug policy, urban planning, and peacebuilding and mediation practice. The Urban Peace Initiative, the Peace in Our Cities Campaign and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, will join forces and invite members of their networks to attend and contribute to the round-table discussion.
To register for the forum, please go to the World Bank Group's event page: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2020/03/02/fragility-forum-2020
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