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Peace Cities: a new city-to-city interfaith networking opportunity
an article by Peace Next

Peace Cities is a new city-to-city interfaith networking opportunity launched by the Partner Cities Network through

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Peace Cities showcases local initiatives in cities around the world that have hosted local interfaith events in cooperation with the Partner Cities Network and past Parliament of Religions international gatherings (Chicago, 1993; Cape Town, South Africa 1999; Barcelona, Spain 2004; Monterrey, Mexico 2007 and Melbourne, Australia, 2009). The organizers of these local events represent over 120 international non-governmental organizations, institutions, foundations, interfaith coalitions, and thousands of religious and spiritual leaders, grass-roots activists, educators, and civic leaders.

Peace Cities was launched on September 21, 2010 in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Peace to recognize the on-the-ground work of partner interfaith communities and their leaders who work to foster interfaith cooperation, peace, and social cohesion. Cities that have earned the designation of Peace City are eligible to apply to join the Partner Cities Network.

Please click here for the list of current cities.

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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 15, 2013.