The Organizing Committee of the II Forum on Urban Violence meets in Madrid

With 129 days to go to the 2nd World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, the Organising Committee has once again met international, national and local representatives and the Mayoress of Madrid, Manuela Carmena.

On Monday 11th June, the Organising Committee of the 2nd World Forum on Urban Violence, which will be held in the Spanish capital from 5th to 8th November 2018, met  in Madrid, with the aim of designing an integrative programme that is capable of meeting the expectations generated for this latest edition.

This latest call, in which the Mayoress of Madrid and Co-President of the Union of Ibero American Capitals (UCCI), Manuela Carmena, participated, was attended by representatives of the different entities and platforms that form part of the Organising Committee, who shared their expectations for the organisation of the Forum, addressing, among other challenges, how to  turn Madrid into a permanent headquarters for the Cities for Peace Forum and make it an annual event in the international agenda. The need to open a space to measure the results of the first Forum and its impact on inter-personal violence in territories and cities was also analysed, and the debate on how local officials can help save lives with public policies that foster education for coexistence and Peace in cities and territories was also addressed.

The Organising Committee is currently made up of: Madrid, Barcelona and Paris City Councils; the Ibero-American General Secretariat  (SEGIB); different United Nations agencies (UN Women, UN Habitat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the World Health Organization (WHO), networks of cities, such as the world network of United Cities and Local Governments  (UCLG), the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Metropolis, the Union of Ibero American Capitals (UCCI) or Mayors for Peace and other platforms representative of  civil society, such as the Spanish Association of Research for Peace (AIPAZ); the Regional Federation of Residents’ Associations of Madrid (FRAVM); the NGO network in  Madrid; the Giner de los Ríos FAPA and the Association of Educating Cities (AICE). Furthermore, it also includes other collaborating entities that are committed to the forum and will help in the organisation and development of the process.

The possibility of incorporating other more dynamic forms of telling how cities, along with their citizens, face other forms of inter-personal violence, such as  violence in sport, violence arising in the field of social networks, youth and school bullying, due to  racism and xenophobia, international terrorism, LGTBI-phobia, urban inequality and in public spaces, violence towards displaced persons and refugees and other more recent forms of violence, such as today’s aporophobia (fear, rejection or aversion to poor people), as well as debates and dialogues, were included in the first draft of the work  agenda.