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, the co-hosts presented the one day panel event: “The nexus between urbanization, violence and conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16”.
This one-day panel engaged academics, policy makers and member states who discussed contemporary understandings of urban violence and conflict, its consequences and possible ways in which it can be addressed. The event produced six key messages to be taken forward to the WHS and Habitat III. 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 event 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).