Event convened by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). 

This event is part of the Geneva Peace Week.

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The consultation aims to provide an opportunity for exchange on the Urban Peace Initiative advanced by GI-TOC and CCDP. In the face of a changing strategic landscape, the Urban Peace Initiative aims to shape a process of adaptation for violence and crime reduction strategies as well as efforts to sustain peace in cities through novel network and partnership building as well as the development of new analytical and practical tools.

The Initiative emphasizes the importance of matching the demand for expertise, know-how and capital for localized efforts to reduce conflict and exclusion. Such efforts are part of the trend for transnational relations conducted by a range of non-state entities rather than the traditional multilateral system. This approach also connects to the trends of urban diplomacy in which city-level actors shape responses and policy frameworks on issues important to them. The pathways for achieving SDG16 in cities involve novel ways of cooperation within the emerging transnational networks for urban diplomacy.

The Urban Peace Initiative also represents the ‘peace pillar’ of an emerging arrangement to strengthen the field of ‘urban diplomacy’ in Geneva. These efforts have taken various directions, including the exploration of a “Bureau des Villes” in Geneva, the strengthening of UN-Habitat’s office in Geneva, as well as by the activities of the Global Alliance for Urban Crises in Geneva’s humanitarian space. There are also several ongoing international initiatives that can serve as an important amplifier, including the Peace in Our Cities Campaign that aims to achieve a 50% reduction in urban violence by 2030.

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Click here for more information on the Call for Papers on Urban Peace!

***Please note that your registration information will also be shared with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (the key Facilitator of Geneva Peace Week) for the purpose of compiling anonymous statistics on event attendance. 

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Achim Wennmann

Achim Wennmann is Senior Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, an inter-agency network that connects the critical mass of peacebuilding actors, resources, and expertise in Geneva and worldwide. He is an expert in economic perspectives on violent conflict, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding with his current research focusing on statebuilding in hybrid political orders, negotiated exists from organized crime, and conflict prevention in contexts of large-scale investments. He is author of over 50 publications with recent books including Business and Conflict in Fragile States: The Case for Pragmatic Solutions (with Brian Ganson; London: Routledge/International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2016) and The Political Economy of Peacemaking (London: Routledge, 2011). Achim has a broad advisory experience including intellectual mediation support and strategic advice for international organizations, governments, private foundations, and business. He is also co-facilitator of the Technical Working Group on the Confluence of Urban Safety and Peacebuilding Practice, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Global Governance. Achim holds a Doctorate from the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

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