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Conference Report: The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict

On April 18th, 2016, in preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and Habitat III, and in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, a one-day panel event: “The nexus of urbanization, violence and conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16,” was co-hosted by the City College of New York (CUNY), the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

The report The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 details the contributions by academics, policy makers, and member states at the one-day panel event. The participants discussed contemporary understandings of urban violence and conflict, its consequences, and possible ways in which it can be addressed. The report includes six key recommendations (produced by the participants) that aimed to contribute to the formulation of the New Urban Agenda. The New Urban Agenda will be the outcome document agreed upon at Habitat III in October 2016. The event highlighted the synergies between Goal 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” and Goal 16: “Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies” through grounded case studies.

The report can be downloaded here.

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