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


According to one strategy, cities can play the key role in the transition to a culture of peace. The state is inextricably involved with the culture of war. As a result, it has been proposed that we need a United Nations that is based not upon Member States, but upon regional associations of cities and towns. After all, cities and towns have no vested interest in the culture of war, no armies, no military contracts, no border defenses, and no recent history of maintaining power through armed force.

CPNN has carried many articles on the promotion of a culture of peace by cities. Articles since 2015 are listed below.

US Conference of Mayors Resolution for Peace

Spain: 100 Cities for Peace recognizes the town of Coria for its ties with Japan

Alliance in Asia: A subsidiary for International Cities of Peace in China!

First Congress of World Leaders, International Cities of Peace, at the invitation of the Fundación El Sol

Mexico: Monterrey Installs Municipal Council of Social Prevention of Violence

Mayors for Peace around the world

World Peace Flame to be lit in Ashland, Oregon (USA)

El Salvador: Project to promote a culture of peace

Gainesville, Florida, USA: Nancy Hardt: Reducing abuse, improving health go hand in hand

Madrid will again host the World Forum for Peace in 2018

USA: Ashland Culture of Peace Commission – A small town can play a big role

Ecuador: Rumiñahui for a Culture of Peace

El Salvador: Workshop for municipalities to strengthen their role in prevention of violence

The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces offers its support to the network “Mayors for Peace” and proposes future initiatives in an assembly in Japan

U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Military-Heavy Trump Budget

U.S. Conference of Mayors to Vote on Resolution to Move Money from the Military to Human and Environmental Needs

Brazil: Public hearing discusses culture of peace in Recife

Brasil: Audiência pública discute cultura de paz no Recife

Latest News from International Cities of Peace

Grenoble, France : Ecole de la Paix (in English)

Grenoble, France : Ecole de la Paix (in French)

USA: Video about the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission

Madrid: World Forum Against Violence and for Peace Education

New cities of peace this quarter

Madrid: Foro Mundial sobre las Violencias Urbanas y Educación para la Convivencia y la Paz

City Peace Commissions in Brazil and the US: A Comparison

Tabling for peace in the USA: A new sense of urgency

UK: Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group sign Pledge to Peace

Ashland, Oregon (USA): November’s elections for peace?

The culture of peace commission of the city of Santos – SP (Brazil)

Madrid Mayor: “Cities can end the democratic apathy”

La alcaldesa de Madrid: “Las ciudades pueden acabar con la apatía democrática.”

The Peace Prize for city initiatives in conflict prevention, resolution or peace building

Mexico City: A system of mediation to be applied in all 16 delegations

La Ciudad de México: Aplicarán sistema de mediación en las 16 delegaciones

USA: Working on creating a culture of peace in Ashland

USA: Building New “Nonviolent Cities”

New Alliance: Compassionate Cities and International Cities of Peace Join Efforts

USA: New Haven Peaces Out. A Bit

Mayors for Peace – action priorities

US: Wilmington Peace Plan

For discussion and articles prior to 2015, click here

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