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 Eleven cities and six global partners around the world pledge accelerated actions towards the ambitious goal of halving urban violence by 2030. 

New global campaign launched with the Peace in Our Cities SDG16 Action Pledge and a 12-month action committee announcement as first steps toward building a global movement to curb violence in cities around the world and accelerate action toward Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16).



On the International Day of Peace, +Peace, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and Impact:Peace launched the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, with 11 mayors and local officials representing over 15.8 million people from Colombo, Sri Lanka; Nairobi Municipality, Kenya; Cali, Colombia; Guadalajara, Mexico; Tripoli, Lebanon; Bangui, Central African Republic; Durban, South Africa; Escobedo, Mexico; Kumanovo, Macedonia; Kibera County, Nairobi, Kenya; and Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, pledging to work towards halving violence in their cities by 2030. The campaign calls on mayors, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and other partners to sign the pledge and join the growing movement to transform global violence.

Globally, 82% of deadly violence occurs outside of conflict zones, with much of this violence concentrated in urban settings. The Peace in Our Cities campaign seeks to reverse this trend by creating concrete, participatory, and evidence-based platforms that make progress toward SDG16 with an initial focus on SDG16.1 (to significantly reduce all forms of violence). SDG16 is widely recognized as critical to the achievement of all other development ambitions, yet it lags behind most other global goals in terms of momentum, investment, and support worldwide. Like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Peace in Our Cities Campaign seeks to become a preeminent organizing body to address one of today’s most pressing challenges: violence that threatens individual lives and undermines the very growth and prosperity of the urban world.

“Having been victims during our state’s most violent era led us to find how to, first, stop what was happening, and second, prevent it from happening again,” said Mayor Clara Luz Flores of Escobedo, Mexico. “We are always seeking to learn about and implement best practices that will allow us to be more efficient and effective, and have a positive impact on more people in their daily lives. In addition, we believe Peace in Our Cities is a great platform from which we can also share our Security Model and the strategies that have worked for us in building safer cities.”

Cities today hold half of the world’s population, yet the growing risk of urban violence threatens the growth, development, and prosperity of entire cities and urban dwellers around the world. Global levels of violence are projected to increase by at least 10% by 2030, with much of that violence concentrated in urban settings. While urban residents often suffer the most at the hands of violence, cities also stand at the frontline of the fight to reduce and prevent it. There are now the tools, evidence, and best practices to not only curb violence in cities but also address the structural inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it.

“Violence costs the global economy $14.3 trillion a year, in addition to ruining lives, exacerbating inequities, and reversing development,” said Madeline Rose, Director of the +Peace Coalition. “By launching the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, early adopter city leaders and partners are stepping up to the generation-defining challenge of reducing global violence. The +Peace Coalition and it’s global members are proud to co-lead this campaign and look forward to the work ahead.”

By signing the Peace in Our Cities SDG16 Action Pledge, cities are committing to participate in a 12-month initiative that will provide city leadership and partners with the latest evidence of effective methods for reducing urban violence. They will also help shape a city-to-city collaboration framework to develop and drive global best-practices for SDG16. As the coordinating bodies for the campaign, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, +Peace, and Impact:Peace, applaud the city officials who already signed the action pledge and call on many more to join them at the forefront of the global movement to reduce violence. 


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About +Peace

+Peace is a global coalition of peacebuilding organizations mobilizing people, governments, and the private sector to reduce global levels of violence and division. We run campaigns that build peacebuilders’ collective power; make the case for peace to the public and global policymakers; and transform culture, policy, and politics in support of peacebuilding. To learn more, visit 

About Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies is a multi-stakeholder partnership that brings together UN member states, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate action for the SDG targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+). The Pathfinders is hosted by the NYU Center on International Cooperation. To learn more, visit

About Impact:Peace

Impact:Peace is a program of the Kroc School’s Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. Impact:Peace leverages evidence to accelerate the most important change processes in the peacebuilding and violence prevention fields. To accomplish this, it collaborates with partners to synthesize the most rigorous research available, produces original research and strategically connects evidence with those driving positive change. To learn more, visit 

+Peace is a global coalition mobilizing people, governments, and the private sector to tackle global violence and division. To learn more, visit:

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Washington DC, USA – Today, the +Peace Coalition (+Peace), a new coalition of 21 of the world's largest peacebuilding organizations, announces the launch of the inaugural global Peacebuilding Action Week from September 14 - 21, 2019. As the world faces the highest levels of violent conflict in 30 years, historic levels of polarization, and over 70 million people displaced, peacebuilding leaders are taking collective action for peace. +Peace invites organizations, groups, and individuals to lead events in their communities that raise awareness about peacebuilding. Action Week will commence on the International Day of Peace with the formal +Peace Coalition launch.

We have the tools to reduce global levels of violence, war, and division. Yet world leaders routinely tell us they do not feel public pressure to support peace. We are working to change that. The +Peace Coalition was founded to mobilize people, governments, and the private sector to tackle global violence and division. +Peace Action Week is just the start. Madeline Rose; Director of the +Peace Coalition

Violent conflict is at a 30-year high and has sharply increased since 2010. Currently, 70.8 million people are displaced worldwide, the most ever recorded - surpassing post-WWII displacement. Yet individuals and world leaders routinely underinvest in available constructive solutions. 

Generations For Peace is proud to join this global +Peace Action Week. We must refresh public consciousness of peacebuilding, demonstrate that peaceful solutions to conflict exist, highlight inspiring stories and showcase what is working. We must inspire and raise awareness - amongst the general public and policy-makers alike - about the incredible diversity of creative and cost-effective peacebuilding options available as alternatives to security actions; and the importance of investing more in peacebuilding and conflict transformation efforts, addressing ‘upstream’ causes of violence and fragility, not merely their ‘downstream’ symptoms. Prevention is cheaper than cure. — Mark Clark MBE, CEO of Generations For Peace. 

In 2018, the economic impact of violence was $14 trillion USD worldwide. This makes violence containment one of the most costly industries in the global economy. If global levels of violence were reduced by just 10%, the global economy could recover $1.4 trillion to invest in other pressing societal needs.

All global challenges - from climate change to pandemic diseases to nuclear proliferation - require unprecedented cooperation across our differences. While just a moment in time, the +Peace Action Week highlights the gathering momentum behind a peacebuilding movement unlike any the world has seen. - Shamil Idriss, CEO, Search for Common Ground

Too often, violence is countered by more violence in ways that do not address the underlying political, social, and economic problems. Peacebuilding provides a better approach. Instead of coercion, peacebuilding facilitates cooperation. Instead of oppression, peacebuilding facilitates justice. And instead of winner-takes-all approaches, peacebuilding promotes mutual gain for all parties. 

 Never before have the fates of communities and nations been so intertwined. Today’s problems – acts of violence and extremism, growing inequality, climate disruption, and restricted civic space – cannot be solved by any one nation or through outdated and ineffective approaches. The +Peace Coalition is an unprecedented coming together of peacebuilding organizations to enable a world where violence isn’t so deeply entrenched, where policy makers invest seriously in tools that build peace, where generations do not have to suffer the aftereffects of war and conflict, and where communities can thrive. AFSC is proud to support the +Peace Action Week. — Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary - International, American Friends Service Committee

Peacebuilding includes a broad range of measures implemented in the context of emerging, current, or post-conflict situations and which are explicitly guided and motivated by a primary commitment to the prevention of violent conflict and the promotion of lasting and sustainable peace. 

Peacebuilding is about transforming and literally building a new reality. Words are the tools by which we build our reality. Creating spaces to have conversations that enable us to understand the views of others and transform perceptions based on fear and suspicion into relationships of trust is one of the keys to building sustained positive peace. Peacebuilding is then a process aimed at overcoming fear and develop trust among people and among people and institutions. GPPAC is proud to launch the Peacebuilding Action Week with our +Peace partners. — Darynell Rodriguez; Executive Director at Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) 

Ultimately, the world needs to recognize peacebuilders as the people behind the world’s most critical peace work. The +Peace Coalition and Peacebuilding Action Week are working to elevate public understanding and awareness of peacebuilders, so that we build a more formidable social movement to support them. 

The Peacebuilding Action Week is all about uniting for peace and building a better future.  Together, we can reject the us versus them mentality that fuels intolerance and polarization.  United, we can address the root causes of conflict and violence and save millions of lives. +Peace is the most ambitious global campaign ever to take peacebuilding to the people, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding is proud to champion its launch.Uzra Zeya; CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding


+Peace is a global coalition mobilizing people, governments, and the private sector to tackle global violence and division. To learn more, visit:

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