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 PeaceNext.org.
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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.
Click here for a Spanish 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.