Peacebuilding in the City: Exploring the linkages between peacebuilding and urban safety
Date: Thursday, 10 April 2014, 16.30-18.30
Venue: Red Pavillion, Room 14, during the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia (also see programme of World Urban Forum)
Reference document: City Labs for Safer Cities: Towards an Integrated Approach to Urban Safety and Peacebuilding (City Labs for Safer Cities - Consultation Draft v7.pdf)
City Labs for Safer Cities: Unpacking a new approach that integrates urban safety and peacebuilding
Mr. Juma Assiago, HSO/Lead - Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC), Safer Cities Programme, Local Government and Decentralisation Unit, UN-Habitat, Nairobi
Building peace in the city: Perspectives, evidence, opportunities
Dr. Oliver Jütersonke, Head of Research, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Understanding the truce in El Salvador: From truce to social peace
Ms. Ana Glenda Tager Rosado, Latin America Regional Director, Interpeace, Guatemala
Understanding observatories: Lessons from Guadalajara, Mexico
Dr. David Gomez-Alvarez, Under-Secretary of Planning and Evaluation of Jalisco State Government, Mexico
The Mediation Centre: Lessons from Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico
Mr. Luis Antonio Zapata Guerrero, Presidente Municipal, Municipio de Corregidora
Dr. Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
City labs are spaces for experimentation and innovation for violence and crime reduction and prevention, and building peace in urban settings. They are locally adaptable frameworks for action – led by national and municipal stakeholders with outside accompaniment – that are situated at the intersection of communities of practice in peacebuilding and urban safety. ‘City labs’ are also pilot action sites within the framework of the Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC), championing knowledge exchange, learning, innovations and facilitating solutions.
This networking event builds on the collaboration between UN-Habitat and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform to better connect urban safety and peacebuilding practitioners. It is also part of the preparatory steps towards consolidating an integrated approach on urban safety around UN Guidelines on Safer Cities in the lead-up to UNHABITAT III.
Key objectives of this networking event
Explore the needs for a more systematic exchange across peacebuilding and urban security communities bringing together WUF participants working on urban safety and armed violence reduction and prevention.
Develop a better understanding of the linkages between urban safety and peacebuilding practice in the respective communities, especially though the City Labs approach.
Identify the element of a research and action agenda, focus contexts or themes by drawing on the inputs of WUF participants.