Madrid’s World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace has been conceived as a meeting point for local leaders, organisations and international networks, academic figures, NGDOs and civil society, aimed at opening up a joint process of discussion, reflexion and the construction of solutions which will promote urban environments capable of eliminating expressions of violence.
Cities are our societies’ main places for meeting and exchanging, where individuals, groups, companies, ideas and values interact. However, they are also the places where inequalities are generated and in which all sorts of forms of violence abound.
Local authorities have a growing framework of action at their disposal, within which to attempt to prevent and transform conflict and reduce levels of violence. Humanity’s future success or failure will be largely marked by its cities. A good indication of this is the recent approval of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in which cities are a key element.
1. Paris Resolution of the World Council of United Cities and Local Governments: Cities and local governments have the duty and the responsibility to work for peace, to act against the use of violence to resolve conflicts, and to harness peace education as an instrument for our coexistence and future wellbeing.
2. Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030, UN General Assembly: Make cities and human communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (GOAL 11); the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, and the provision of access to justice for everyone and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (GOAL 16).