Launch of the Strong Cities Network, New York

Announcement Date: September 29, 2015

Human Security Collective took part in the official launch of the Strong Cities Network, the first global network of cities working to strengthen social cohesion and community resilience against violent extremism. Cities are vital partners in international efforts to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism. They are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from polarisation and radicalisation to violence through partnerships with local communities. Cities are developing innovative responses to the challenge of violent extremism; the Strong Cities Network will capitalise on these experiences in order to share learnings, pool resources and build a community of cities that can inspire local action on a global scale.

Hosted in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber this event brought together Mayors and municipal leaders, city-level practitioners, and other guests for the official launch of the Strong Cities Network (SCN). Welcoming remarks were offered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, with a Keynote address by US Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch.