Heading to the Cities and Territories of Peace Forum

The gathering will be the third edition of a world meeting that began in Madrid in 2017 with the participation of nearly 10,000 people over the course of both editions, from more than 100 countries from all latitudes of the world and representing international institutions; national, regional and local governments; civil society organizations; social activists; universities; businesses; and schoolchildren.

This meeting is a multi-stakeholder and multi-level forum that highlights the importance of building coexistence and peace in cities and territories, as well as the need to identify the causes of tension and violence, in order to implement public policies, programmes and citizen initiatives that help to build culture and education for peace.

The Forum is thus not an “event”, but rather a process of reflection and global, collective and horizontal advocacy, with the aim of offering solutions at the political level and in the implementation of policies for the construction of coexistence and peace in the territories. During the process, a global convening event is held that marks a milestone in the roadmap extending through networks, cities, exchange actions, political advocacy, educational programs or campaigns in various parts of the world with different formats.

The call for a global event is an important moment of joining forces, that allows for exchange and deliberation. A space that helps to promote the values of peacebuilding and coexistence in a more effective and efficient way.

The Government of Ciudad de México, accompanied by an Organizing Committee formed by international, regional, national and local organizations participate (see section below), has shown its firm will to assume the responsibility of holding a third Forum.

The celebration of this third in-person edition was scheduled for 5-7 October 2020. The impact of COVID 19, as mentioned above, and as discussed in more detail in the following pages, has led to rethink the formats and the action plan, without renouncing the validity of the process and the possible holding of the face-to-face event in the first half of 2021.

Nonetheless from 5 to 7 October 2020 the Forum will organise several online debates.

More information can be found here.