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by CPNN, based on dispatch from the Spanish wire service EFE
Once again it is the mayors of the world who are taking the lead for a culture of peace. Manuela Carmena, the mayor of Madrid, elected last year at the head of a socialist coalition, and Anne Hidalgo, the socialist mayor of Paris, are planning to hold an international forum against violence and for peace education in Madrid in the near future. Their announcement was made at a forum of mayors in Paris prior to the COP21 climate conference. The forum will invite leaders from local governments and civil society as well as peace specialists.
Mayors Hidalgo and Carmena. Photo from the twitter page of Mayor Hidalgo
Mayor Carmena recalled that the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, in which 130 people were killed, were similar to those in Madrid on March 11, 2004. Hence, their cities have a special reason and responsibility to work for peace. “How is it possible that young people who grew up in our cities have resorted to violence?” We must help them find another way forward.
We must draw lessons from the tragedies in our cities and find ways to resolve conflicts without violence.