28 April 2020 – The GPM endorsed the Solidarity Statement ‘Advancing Health, Reforcing Peace’ by Peace in Our Cities

Mayors stand in solidarity with one another on the frontlines of response to COVID-19. Inspired by the United Nations Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire and appeal for peace in homes, we:

  • Urge an immediate cessation of all forms of violence in our cities;
  • Commit to maintaining investments in violence prevention even as we address the immediate imperatives of providing COVID-19 health services;
  • Reaffirm our commitment to one another through sharing lessons learned from responses to violence reduction during the pandemic;
  • Highlight the urgent need for swift adaptation of and increased investment in evidence-informed violence reduction efforts across all sectors of society;
  • Recognize that, like the virus, violence imposes unequal burdens on population groups – particularly women, children, and the disenfranchised – whose safety we commit to supporting especially in these most trying times.
You can download the full signed statement of Peace in our Cities by clicking here.

Peace in our Cities welcomes others to their call and stand in solidarity with all who heed a similar vision. Some mayors in PiOC network have used the signing of the declaration to share the resources for victims of domestic violence in their communities. See below a recording from Mayor Clara Luz Flores of Escobedo, Mexico doing a Facebook live. 
For more information please have a look on the website of  Peace in our Cities. 

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