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How Can Local Governments Build Sustainable Peace?

24 March, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:15 pm


On International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, HagueTalks event will focus on the role of local governments in peacebuilding, specifically their added and unique value and where the challenges lie for them.

The role of local governments in peacebuilding is underexposed and often overshadowed by (inter)national initiatives, whilst local and context specific peace initiatives can be very successful and can have strong legitimacy when led by local governments. This HagueTalks event will take a closer look at  the role that local governments and its leaders can play in ensuring sustainable and peaceful development in their communities. Because the consequences of any violent conflict often manifest themselves on a local scale, a local level approach is vital. This provides an opportunity for governments at local level to contribute to preventing conflicts, building bridges and dialogue after conflict and promoting a peaceful environment.

HagueTalks invited speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their stories and to give an answer to questions such as: What is the added and unique value of local governments in conflict prevention and peacebuilding? How can local governments connect with civil society and national government to implement successful peacebuilding initiatives? What are challenges for local governments in this field that may limit their options in contributing to peace?

  • Mayor of Palmira from Colombia, Mr. Oscar Escobar
  • Mayor of The Hague from Netherlands, Mr. Jan van Zanen

Moderator of this event is Hajar Yagkoubi. As a former UN Youth Representative, Hajar brings the UN closer to young people and young people closer to the UN.

Event is co-organised by VNG/ UCLG Peace Prize, Museon, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Municipality The Hague.