Young Cities in Mombasa, Kenya

The SCN and YouthCAN teams met with the County Government, youth and local CSOs in Mombasa, Kenya last week, in preparation for an upcoming Young Cities workshop. Further expanding upon ISD’s expertise and portfolio in East Africa, Young Cities Mombasa will be held at the end of November. The programme aims at increasing the capacity of youth to…
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SCN Partners with the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM)

Authors: Jonathan Birdwell and Rebecca Skellett This week, the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) met in Bristol for its third Annual Summit. It was abundantly clear that the global yet local challenges which cities around the world face, from the Ebola crisis to urban displacement and terrorism, makes Mayoral leadership more important today than ever. But…
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Washwasha release fourth episode of online show

On 15 October, Washwasha – an online show started by youth who attended SCN and YouthCAN’s Young Cities workshop in Lebanon last May – released the fourth episode of their online show with the young poet Talal Dadou. Talal arrived to Lebanon from Syria in 2014 and settled in the Ein El Helweh camp. He…
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Students from Viborg produce a comic book to support and promote the SCN’s work in Jordan and Lebanon

Following the renowned Viborg Animation Festival last week, we would like to highlight the work of our partner and SCN member Viborg and The Animation Workshop, part of VIA University College, Denmark, held in high esteem for its contribution to the international film industry. Students from The Animation Workshop, Mads Ellegaard Skovbakke and Ingvild Marie…
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SCN chairs session at the Global Counter Terrorism Forum’s Coordination Committee meeting

SCN chaired the first session of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum’s 14th Coordination (GCTF) Committee Meeting on 24 September in New York on the margins of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The session, GCTF and Local Impact – the Role of Cities and Communities, focused on three of the GCTF’s areas of…
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SCN conducts city consultations in the Western Balkans

Last week, the SCN team led consultation activities with member cities and local stakeholders in Kosovo and Macedonia. Following an engagement and training phase that led more than 40 municipalities across the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) to join the SCN, we are now seeking to deepen our engagement and…
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Youth from Ain el-Hillweh Refugee Camp in Saida launch their campaign

Youth from the Ain El-Hillweh Refugee Camp in Saida (Lebanon) launched their campaign – an online show – aiming to break negative stereotypes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The campaign kicked off following a three-day workshop in Beirut last May. The workshop, organised by SCN in collaboration with YouthCAN, brought together 23 Youth Participants with…
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Lebanon: Saida’s Strong Cities Community Prevention Network concludes their PVE Teacher Training

Lebanon: Saida’s Strong Cities Community Prevention Network concludes their PVE Teacher Training in the presence of Mayor Seoudi and Head of Parliamentarian Committee for Education, MP Hariri. As part of its 2018 series of activities, the Strong Cities Community Prevention Network of Saida delivered a Teachers’ Prevention of Violent Extremism training to 28 participants from the…
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Why Liveability Indexes Need a Rethink

Authors: Jonathan Birdwell, Joe Downy, Strong Cities Network With the global rise of xenophobia and extremism, it is vital that liveability indexes consider city-level community polarisation – our “ability to live together.” Last month, The Economist published its latest Global Liveability Index (GLI). After a reign at the top of the list for seven years, Melbourne was displaced by Vienna…
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Mayors call for worldwide local cooperation to combat extremism

11 July 2018, Melbourne: Uniting communities and preventing terrorism can be done better through local governments cooperating around the world. This is the message from around 250 local leaders from over 30 countries gathering in Melbourne this week for the annual Global Summit of the Strong Cities Network (SCN).   Over the next three days, mayors, governors,…
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