Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding

Consultation on the Urban Peace Initiative

Achim Wennmann
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Lecture hall A2, Maison de la paix, Geneva


Event convened by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). 

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This event is part of the Geneva Peace Week.

The consultation aims to provide an opportunity for exchange on the Urban Peace Initiative advanced by GI-TOC and CCDP. In the face of a changing strategic landscape, the Urban Peace Initiative aims to shape a process of adaptation for violence and crime reduction strategies as well as efforts to sustain peace in cities through novel network and partnership building as well as the development of new analytical and practical tools.

The Initiative emphasizes the importance of matching the demand for expertise, know-how and capital for localized efforts to reduce conflict and exclusion. Such efforts are part of the trend for transnational relations conducted by a range of non-state entities rather than the traditional multilateral system. This approach also connects to the trends of urban diplomacy in which city-level actors shape responses and policy frameworks on issues important to them. The pathways for achieving SDG16 in cities involve novel ways of cooperation within the emerging transnational networks for urban diplomacy.

The Urban Peace Initiative also represents the ‘peace pillar’ of an emerging arrangement to strengthen the field of ‘urban diplomacy’ in Geneva. These efforts have taken various directions, including the exploration of a “Bureau des Villes” in Geneva, the strengthening of UN-Habitat’s office in Geneva, as well as by the activities of the Global Alliance for Urban Crises in Geneva’s humanitarian space. There are also several ongoing international initiatives that can serve as an important amplifier, including the Peace in Our Cities Campaign that aims to achieve a 50% reduction in urban violence by 2030.

***Please note that your registration information will also be shared with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (the key Facilitator of Geneva Peace Week) for the purpose of compiling anonymous statistics on event attendance. 

Dr Achim Wennmann, is senior researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He works across research, policy, and practitioner communities to enable critical thinking, facilitate partnership and find solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic management of complex policy and research projects and served in a variety of advisory roles for companies, foundations, international organizations, NGOs, and governments. He is co-founder of the Geneva Peace Week and of the Peace Talks Initiative and has facilitated several multi-stakeholder processes.

Click here for more information on the Call for Papers on Urban Peace!