Between 2015 and 2016, The Hague Institute convened more than 100 representatives of the municipality, the police, health sector, education, the private sector, civil society, youth, students, and academia to determine how to strengthen the prevention of violent conflict and the constructive management of non-violent conflict in The Hague. The result is the report Conflict Prevention in The Hague and the Metropolitan Area – Phase One which addresses three main themes:

  1. The understanding of conflict dynamics in The Hague and the metropolitan area
  2. The value and limitations of existing approaches to tackling and preventing violence
  3. The responsibilities of the different actors in conflict prevention efforts.

“Cities today have become more important in maintaining order, peace, security, and justice. In a world where most of the global population now lives in urban areas, cities need to find responses to rapid change. Issues that were traditionally the prerogative of national governments, such as social cohesion, integration and counter-terrorism, have moved up the agendas of municipalities.”

Mayor Jozias van Aartsen

The report also presents and discusses the main recommendations that emerged in the latest phase of the consultations, including the strategic role of language and communication, the need to adapt responses to the changing nature of conflict, and the interdependence of actors and institutions in conflict prevention efforts.

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