Peace In Our Cities Initiative

Based on the observation that most of lethal violence takes place in local and urban areas Pathfinders started the ''Peace in Our Cities'' initiative to promote sustainable peace and more inclusive implementation of the SDGs.

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The trend of urban violence is being exacerbated by the growing number of people moving to megacities. The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, an initiative of UN member states, international organisations, global partnerships and other partners committed to accelerating the delivery of the Agenda 2030 targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG 16+) estimate that in nine out of ten instances lethal violence does not take place within conflict zones, but rather within local urban settings. Based on this observation, Pathfinders is convinced that megacities are in need of a platform like the Peace in Our Cities Initiative to develop a more sustainable, participatory and evidence-based programme towards the implementation of the SDGs. The Peace in Our Cities SDG16+ Action Pledge supports the coordination between cities participating in the initiative by providing a city-to-city collaboration framework. The framework contributes to the shared goal of creating peaceful cities and curbing urban violence.

You can find the initative and their action pledge by following this link