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Mediterranean Cities for Peace Conference
an article by peacecities blog

"What kind of local policies to promote a culture of Peace?"

The Conference of Cities for Peace in the Mediterranean will be held from 19 to 21 September 2013 in Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhτne, France).

Aubagne - the old city

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Organized on the initiative of Aubagne (France), Granollers (Spain) and Biograd na Moru (Croatia) and under the patronage of Mayors for Peace, the AFCDRP / Mayors for Peace France, Mayors for Peace Spain and Mayors for Peace Croatia, this conference will bring together community members of the international network, Mayors for Peace around the Mediterranean.

The conference is also open to communities that are not yet adherent to Mayors for Peace.

Here is the program (subject to change):

Thursday, September 19: Welcome to delegations / free evening

Friday, September 20: Morning:

* Plenary 1: Welcome to delegations / introduction of conference / presentation of the program of work

* Plenary 2: PEACE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, URGENT NEED: Issues and implications of current conflicts, weapons of mass destruction, the place of cities in international fora: *

* Workshops:

The role of women: political and social representation

Intercultural dialogue in Mediterranean cities: diversity and proximity of Mediterranean cultures, pluralism, coexistence of religions, secularism, freedom of religion

What tools for a culture of peace for cities in crisis? : Mediation and practical solidarity, peace education,

participatory democracy

Evening: Citizens meetings

Saturday, September 21: Plenary

- Report of work in workshops and public debates

- Preparation of the final declaration

End of work

For more information, contact:
AFCDRP / Mayors for Peace France
secretariat [at]

(Click here for a French version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

How can culture of peace be developed at the municipal level?,

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Latest reader comment:

International Cities Choose Peace

J. Fred Arment

International Cities of Peace, an association of global cities of peace, is using the U.N. Culture of Peace tenets as the guideline for forming initiatives. To date, thirty-one cities are part of the association. Some are grassroots organizations, others have the firm commitment by resolution or proclamation from the city council.
International Cities of Peace include the following:
• Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
• Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
• Unity Village, Missouri, U.S.A
• Coventry, England
• Bradford, England
• Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Mataki, Philippines
• Pathuthani, Thailand
• Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Lake County, California, U.S.A.
• Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
• Nagpur, India
• Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Mzuzu and Lilongwe, Malawi
• Tunis, Tunisia
• Tuolumne County, California, U.S.A.
• Bihac, Bosnia, Herzegovina
• Yaounde, Cameroon
• Freetown, Sierra Leone
• Nyala, Darfur, Sudan
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
• Nakuru, Kenya
• Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Kathmandu, Nepal
• Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
• Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
• Warrake, Nigeria
• Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

To start an initiative, go to the association's website for resources and tools.

This report was posted on July 13, 2013.