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Thursday, July 30, 2020

There is no textbook on how to deal with violence during pandemics

Written by Kroc School

"There is no textbook on how to deal with violence during pandemics."

Friday, July 31, 2020

In July 2020, Kroc IPJ's Impact:Peace Initiative facilitated a Peace in Our Cities virtual panel as part of the World Bank Fragility Forum. The Fragility Forum Virtual Series provides an online alternative to share practical solutions and concrete approaches to maximize the collective impact of humanitarian, development, security and peacebuilding actors to help prevent conflict, build resilience, and sustain peace.

The virtual panel featured insights from Mayor Oscar Escobar of Palmira, Colombia, who provided our headline quote; Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; Beatrice Nzovu of the Life & Peace Institute in Nairobi, Kenya; and Bernard Harborne of the World Bank. Peace in Our Cities members Mayor Clara Luz Flores of Escobedo, Mexico, and Mayor Abezoua Jules of the first Arrondissement in Bangui, Central African Republic, also contributed remarks via pre-recorded videos.

Mayor Escobar of Palmira emphasized the importance of a global network during this time to ensure that mayors and civil society actors are able to learn with each other in real time to simultaneously reduce the impact of the virus and lower levels of violence in urban areas. Across very diverse geographic contexts, all the speakers highlighted that this moment is one of opportunity – an opportunity to take the inequities exposed by the pandemic and ensure that response mechanisms address acute public health impacts while also addressing structural inequalities within their communities; transforming their cities into more just and peaceful places to live.

You can view the full session at this link. 

To learn more about Impact:Peace and the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, visit our website.



Justin Prugh
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Kroc School

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Kroc School

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) launched in 2001 with a vision of active peacebuilding. In 2007, the Kroc IPJ became part of the newly established Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, a global hub for peacebuilding and social innovation. The core of the Kroc IPJ mission is to 
co-create learning with peacemakers — learning that is deeply grounded in the lived experience of peacemakers around the world, that is made rigorous by our place within a university ecosystem and that is immediately and practically applied by peacemakers to end cycles of violence.

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