War & Peace in the 21st Century: Cities as places of refuge and promoters of peace

This edition of War & Peace reflects on the important role of cities in violent conflict, focusing on their double role as, on the one hand, managers of vulnerability and places of refuge and, on the other, promoters of reconstruction and peace.

ACTIVIDAD REALIZADA
19 enero 2019 - 09:30h
LOCALIZACIÓN: Palau de Pedralbes, Diagonal 686, Barcelona
ORGANIZADO POR: CIDOB and Barcelona City Council in collaboration with ESADEgeo. Supported by “la Caixa” Foundation

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Objetivo

Cities stand in the frontline when it comes to responding to violent conflict, ranging from local, national and international wars to everyday violence. They are the first to feel the impact of these conflicts and to mitigate their consequences. Having become experts in formulating and implementing resilience strategies that minimize vulnerability in highly complex conflict scenarios, cities often act as places of refuge and safety. Yet, beyond their capacity to manage violent conflict, cities are also key drivers of peace-building processes and conflict prevention. They promote post-conflict reconstruction and formulate reconciliation initiatives between alienated local cultural groups or nations as in the case of French-German town twinning after World War II. More fundamentally, with their proximity to citizens, municipal governments are well positioned to address the structural causes underlying violent conflict and to mediate in situations of emerging tensions. This edition of War & Peace reflects on the important role of cities in violent conflict, focusing on their double role as, on the one hand, managers of vulnerability and places of refuge and, on the other, promoters of reconstruction and peace. 

 

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Participantes

SPEAKERS

Jo Beall

Jo Beall

Research Professor, LSE Cities; former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town

Hans Bonte

Hans Bonte

Mayor of Vilvoorde, Belgium

Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Former PM of New Zealand (1999-2008); former Administrator, UNDP (2009-2017)

Lucía Dammert

Lucía Dammert

Associate Professor, University of Santiago, Chile

Latif Karadağ

Latif Karadağ

Deputy Mayor, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality

Juliana Kerr

Juliana Kerr

Director, Global Cities and Immigration, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Jorge Melguizo

Jorge Melguizo

Consultant in Culture and Public Policy; former Secretary of Culture of Medellín, Colombia

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB

Gerardo Pisarello

Gerardo Pisarello

First Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

Carles Prats

Carles Prats

Journalist, Televisió de Catalunya

Antoni Segura

Antoni Segura

Chairman of the Board, CIDOB

Javier Solana

Javier Solana

Honorary Chairman of the Board, CIDOB; President, ESADEgeo

Rafael Vilasanjuan

Rafael Vilasanjuan

Director, ISGlobal’s Policy & Global Development; member of the Advisory Board of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

War & Peace in the 21st Century: Cities as places of refuge and promoters of peace ACTIVIDAD REALIZADA

09:30h Opening

Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

 

 

09:45h Introduction

Antoni Segura, Chairman of the Board, CIDOB
Javier Solana, Honorary Chairman of the Board, CIDOB; President, ESADEgeo

10:00h How can cities deal with the consequences of violent conflict and refugees?

A discussion between:

Jo Beall, Research Professor, LSE Cities; former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town
Helen Clark, Former PM of New Zealand (1999-2008); former Administrator, UNDP (2009-2017)
Juliana Kerr, Director, Global Cities and Immigration, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Latif Karadağ, Deputy Mayor, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality 

Chaired and moderated by: Rafael Vilasanjuan, Director, ISGlobal’s Policy & Global Development; member of the Advisory Board of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Followed by a debate between the speakers

11:15h Coffee break

11:45h How can cities help to prevent conflict and become drivers of peace?

A discussion between:

Hans Bonte, Mayor of Vilvoorde, Belgium
Lucía Dammert, Associate Professor, University of Santiago, Chile
Jorge Melguizo, Consultant in Culture and Public Policy; former Secretary of Culture of Medellín, Colombia

Chaired and moderated by Carles Prats, Journalist, Televisió de Catalunya

Followed by a debate between the speakers

13:00h Debate with the audience

13:30h Closing Remarks

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB