IHC Global Urban Feature: Urban Violence
Madrid opens world forum to seek solutions to urban violence
This past Wednesday, King Felipe VI of Spain inaugurated the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, a "meeting of mayors and civic groups to discuss possible solutions to extremism and violence in cities." While the three-day forum was proposed by the mayors of Madrid and Paris following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, organizers are looking at the bigger picture, stating that cities are settings of many types of violence, including terrorism, gang and gender violence. The forum brings together over 100 mayors from cities like Rome and Tripoli, as well as international bodies and civil society organizations, and will aim to address and find solutions to issues in urban violence through education and dialogue.
What We See
IHC Global believes that cities cannot be inclusive or sustainable without becoming safe spaces for everyone. Violence in cities, whether it is based in extremism, is gang-related or is gendered, completely contradicts what urban areas represent, and what they set out to be: inclusive, progressive and full of opportunity. Creating and enforcing solutions to violence in cities should be an imperative for every local and national government. In the aftermath of Habitat III and the passing of the New Urban Agenda, local and national governments, civil society organizations and the private sector alike are seeking the path forward in creating cities that are both safe and inclusive. This forum represents a first step in addressing the pressing issue of urban violence in a way that enables peaceful channels for coexistence and conflict mediation.
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