Freitag, 21. August 2020

More International Cities of Peace wanted

In a paper on the justification, forms and examples of municipal peace work published by the City of Linz on the Danube in 2009, Peter van den Dungen, peace researcher at the University of Bradford UK, dealt with the "Idea and history of the modern city of peace" (German).

Every city, every community has a legacy of peace, whether through historical events or the work of personalities, which has contributed to the prosperity and quality of life of its citizens. No city is 100% a city of peace, but all can embark on the path to a peaceful community. Establishing a City of Peace recognizes past achievements, encourages current initiatives and inspires future generations to take practical steps to promote peace. Size does not matter. In this sense, small villages are also welcome as Cities of Peace.

The typology outlined by Peter van den Dungen can now be extended by one category. It is local initiatives that establish Cities of Peace, no matter in what form and to what extent they correspond to the typology. The "International Cities of Peace" provide the global framework for this. This is a non-profit organization based in Dayton, Ohio USA.


"International Cities of Peace" (ICP) was created after the Dayton peace negotiations in 1995, which led to the end of the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dayton in Ohio became the first peace city of a community in which 282 organizations and associations worldwide currently represent their Peace Cities. Their working methods and intentions are different. ICP does not prescribe any rules for peace work, but rather offers a platform for exchange and mutual enrichment. Hopefully there will soon be 300 or more.

It is the consensus of the Peace Cities to create and develop a global community of culture and peace. Peace work proves to be effective at the community level, where needs are known and solutions come from being together and cooperation between all sectors of society - art, education, environment, economy, security, recreation, religion, services, health, administration. Peace is not just a hope, it is a right. The Cities of Peace define peace as security, prosperity and quality of life.

More Cities of Peace are being sought. It is not difficult to establish one. All that is needed is an initiative on the ground. Peace groups, social associations, cultural institutions, all those who actively work for peaceful and prosperous coexistence in the communities and beyond are empowered to do so. The approval of city parliaments and mayors is not absolutely necessary. If they do, so much the better. A declaration of intent by those responsible for the initiative is sufficient. ICP does not charge membership fees. Financing is exclusively through voluntary donations.

Here more about the formalities.

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