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.

From Trauma to Healing: New Book Series from International Cities of Peace

Argentina: Conference on culture of peace and coexistence in diversity for the community of the City of Rio Primero

United States: Six years as a ‘City of Peace’: Happy anniversary, Ashland!

Mayors for Culture of Peace

International Cities of Peace: May Newsletter

Mexico: Initiative for a Law on Peace in Durango

Mayors for Peace: The Hiroshima Appeal

Guest Opinion: Why become an International City of Peace?

Chihuahua, Mexico: America García proposes initiative requiring all municipalities to issue regulations on the culture of peace

Medellin, Colombia: The Week for Disarmament 2022 involved more than 1,300 participants

Mexico: The Jalisco Culture of Peace Program

France : “We, Mayors, want to be architects of Peace!”

Brazil : Juiz de Fora City Hall launches culture of peace project in schools

Mercociudades: A Latin American Network to Fight for More Inclusive, Egalitarian, Diverse and Supportive Cities

Mauritania: establishment of a new network of mayors to consolidate citizenship

Brasilia: Meeting to debate culture of peace in the public sector

From LA to Bogotá to London, global mayors unite to deliver critical city momentum to world leaders tasked with keeping 1.5 degree hopes alive at Glasgow’s COP26

Mexico: Women who weave communities of peace in Chihuahua

Pittsburgh : Black leaders seek ‘city of peace’

Mexico City successfully holds the World Forum of Cities and Territories of Peace

2021 Nanjing Peace Forum successfully concluded and released the “Nanjing Peace Consensus”

The programs of Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum to reduce violence in Mexico City

France: The best mayor in the world is in Montpellier, it is Philippe Rio, mayor of Grigny

Mexico: Saltillo promotes the culture of peace

Mayors for Peace Adopts New Vision and Action Plan

Mexico City prepares third culture of peace meeting

Brazil: Compaz invites schools to the 19th edition of the book Londrina Pazeando

Brazil: Policy for the Culture of Peace and Restorative Justice is prepared by the Municipality of Recife

Weifang, China established their City as an International City of Peace

Mayors for Peace : Report on 2020 Vision (Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons)

Toluca, Mexico, establishes more than 150 Peace Centers

Spain: L’Alfàs participates in a conference on the Culture of Peace organized by the Fons Valencià de la Solidaritat

Colombia: Details of the Non-Violence Secretariat to be created by the Mayor’s Office of Medellín

USA: New Haven Alders Put Peace On The Ballot

Mayors and Ecologists on the Left in France: A “tour de force”

US Conference of Mayors’ 2020 Vision for America: A Call to Action

Sabadell, Spain: Ensuring intercultural mediation and interfaith dialogue

Intercultural Cities: Raseborg, Finland, testing solutions to Covid crisis

Strong Cities Network: Reducing violence is not impossible, and cities are proving this

Global Parliament of Mayors: Virtual Parliament at the World Urban Forum

World Urban Forum ends with call for united action to ensure sustainable future for cities and towns

Mexico: The World Forum on Cities and Territories of Peace

UK: Oxford City Council says “no” to nuclear weapons

ICAN cities appeal : Support from Mayors for Peace

Youth representatives speak out for Nuclear Disarmament at the NY City Hall

New York City hearings pave the way for nuclear weapons divestment

Pocheon, Republic of Korea – International Cities of Peace

Londrina, Brazil: 9th edition of “A Weapon is not a Toy”

Leaders of 72 municipalities attend Mayors for Peace assembly in Tokyo

Spain: Toledo hosts the II International Forum Toledo Culture of Peace in October

Essonne, France: From Grigny to Hiroshima, the path of a high school girl for Peace

Mexico: Project Ambassadors of Peace Project in the City Hall of Tláhuac

Friendship – a Pathway to Peace

Mexico: Agreemen of municipality of Saltillo with State Attorney General to promote the culture of peace

Lajeado, Brazil: City Hall Launches Peace Pact

Spain: The policies of cooperation of the City of Toledo “are more than words”: an example for other local institutions

Mayors and parliamentarians call on Russia and the U.S. to preserve the INF Treaty

The project of Arab cultural capitals and cities: 22 years later, diagnosis and perspectives

Claudia Sheinbaum, the first woman elected by popular vote to govern Mexico City

International Cities of Peace and Rotary Peace Clubs

Madrid: Women close the Anti-Violence Forum with a message of peace

The II Forum on Urban Violence closes in Madrid with the commitment to an agenda of cities of coexistence and peace

Madrid: One week before the World Forum for Peace in Cities

Spain: Toledo seeks to become an international reference for the “culture of peace”

I Am the Flame

US Conference of Mayors Resolution for Peace

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

Culture of Peace: The World Peace Flame is coming to Ashland, Oregon

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

Londrina, Brazil: Fifth Municipal Conference on Culture of Peace

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)

USA: Culture of Peace Commission: Compiling Ashland’s ‘Community Peacebuilders’ network

UCLG City of Bogotá Peace Prize: Finalists selected!

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

For the first time, a Peace Plan for Cali, Colombia

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

Peace in Wellington, New Zealand

For discussion and articles prior to 2015, click here