Technical working group on the confluence of urban security and peacebuilding

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  • Dates (start/end) : 2015-2016
    Name of consortium members: Ideaborn Foundation
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    The Technical Working Group meets under the auspices of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) and is facilitated by the United Nations Safer Cities Program and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. The Working Group also works in the context of the progress of the initiatives of cities under the Global Network on Safer Cities.

    The Technical Working Group brings together focal points on urban security with professionals from the community of peacebuilding, peace mediation and conflict prevention, with the goal of creating solutions to the problem of urban insecurity; a constant problem that has been growing rapidly. Over a period of 18 months, the objectives of the Technical Working Group are to create a network of peacebuilding professionals in order to expand evidence-based work practice at the intersection between urban security and peacebuilding, and to contribute to the development of a comprehensive approach to urban security and peacebuilding. Through the achievement of these objectives, the Technical Working Group contributes to the development of other agendas, such as the HABITAT III meeting in 2016.

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    The objectives of the Technical Working Group are on two levels: firstly the technical work, and secondly the process that frames the Working Group.
    The technical work of the Working Group aims to:
    (A) Expand the evidence-based practice that occurs at the junction between urban security and peacebuilding: The Technical Working Group focuses on initiatives that use dialogue, building trust, and consensus-building processes for programs and initiatives focused on improving urban security, the security of citizens, and quality of life at the city level. It also focuses on practices that have advanced in the urban context through actors such as municipal governments, the private sector, or active organizations in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict prevention or mediation for peace.
    (B) Clarify the intersection and differences that exist in relation to urban security and approaches to peacebuilding: Based on current practices in urban security and peacebuilding, the Technical Working Group will contribute to a better conceptual understanding of the convergence between urban security and peace-building, which will be able to contribute to the development of a comprehensive approach to urban security and peacebuilding.

    The process that frames the Technical Working Group has as objectives:
    (A) To create a network of professionals in urban security and peace-building: These two areas are at present largely disconnected, but there is significant room for learning across contexts, institutions and sectors, especially in terms of systematic exchange of best practices between urban contexts in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
    (B) Contribute to the development of a comprehensive approach to urban security and peacebuilding: This comprehensive approach should be based on good practices and proposes the most important action points to be translated into specific actions. It will be presented at HABITAT III in 2016, and in other international forums.