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Sustaining Peace in an Urban World

Sustaining peace IN AN URBAN WORLD

The urbanization of contemporary violence and conflict is challenging the ability of the United Nations, national governments, and the international system to respond. Sustaining Peace in an Urban World is an initiative to provoke new thinking and approaches that are needed in global policy frameworks to address urban conflict beyond short-term emergency responses, to bring long-term and durable solutions in cities. In 2016, Terreform, in collaboration with member states, UN agencies and the Center on International Cooperation at NYU and the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST), hosted two high-level forums at the United Nations. We brought together UN officials, policy makers, architects, geographers and NGOs to look at peace and conflict from a spatial lens.  

Sustaining Peace in an Urban World, through publications, colloquies and design will investigate through disciplines such as geography, architecture and urban design, opportunities for sustaining peace beyond the traditional peace-building toolbox. In conflict-affected cities, civil institutions stop functioning, critical health and education systems break down, infrastructure is destroyed, populations are uprooted and violence and criminality can become commonplace. Urban perspectives can help positively shape the urban fabric, open up new opportunities for development and livelihoods, and foster the sense of belonging and cohesion in communities towards sustainable and durable peace.

 

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Project Team
Andrea Johnson
Deen Sharp
Malkit Shoshan
Michael Sorkin
Vyjayanthi Rao

Collaborators
Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST)
Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University

Supporters
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)
UN-Habitat
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations