… by VNG International and DeLoG, including Q&A Video by Mayor Óscar Escobar of Palmira, Colombia.

On the 14th of May 2020 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm CEST, VNG International and The Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) jointly conducted a webinar on pathways for local authorities to deal with protracted urban violence. The goal of this webinar was to connect various initiatives in this field, to inform participants of the opportunities associated with these initiatives, and to inspire local authorities and their partners to enhance or develop their approaches to countering urban violence. The urgency and worldwide spread of this topic, is reflected in the participants of this webinar, as over 140 people from 37 different countries participated. Inputs for the webinar were given by Juma Assiago, Coordinator for the Safer Cities Programme at UN-HABITAT; Óscar Escobar, Mayor of the City of Palmira in Colombia; Carlos Gimenez Romero, Director of DEMOSPAZ; Amita Gill, Local Governance Specialist with UNDP; and Pilar Díaz, Deputy Councillor for International Relations at the Barcelona Provincial Council.

The recording of the webinar is now available. To view the recording, please click here. View the recording of the answers provided by Óscar Escobar, Mayor of the City of Palmira, to participants' questions as a follow-up to the event:


For a detailed summary report of the webinar, please click here.