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Strong Cities Publishes A NEW Guide For City-Led Response

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First published in 2018 as a Toolkit for Responding to a Terror Attack, the revised and expanded City-Led Response Guide addresses city-led responses to a broader range of threats, attacks, incidents and impacts of hate, polarisation and violent extremism. The Guide incorporates good practices, learnings and experiences shared by mayors, local government representatives and practitioners at Strong Cities Transatlantic Dialogue Initiative activities in Helsinki (Finland) in 2022, and Denver (Colorado, United States) and Oslo (Norway) in 2023; a 2022 workshop in Malé (Maldives) on response communications and psychosocial support; a 2022 workshop in Surabaya (Indonesia) on enhancing national-local coordination on prevention, preparedness and response; and desk research and interviews conducted in developing and updating the 2018 Toolkit.

The Guide offers support for mayors, other subnational officials and the local and state governments they lead, in formulating a sensitive and effective response in the wake of a hate- or violent extremism-motivated attack, incident or crisis.

The Guide will soon be available in Arabic and French, and as a built-out, online tool.

Our thanks to Strong Cities member cities and non-member city officials who contributed insights and experiences. This includes, inter alia: former Mayor Allison Silberberg (Alexandria, Virginia, United States), Mayor Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester, United Kingdom), Mayor Nancy Rotering (Highland Park, Illinois, United States), Mayor Maksim Dimitrievski, Nexhat Aqifi and Shaban Demiri (Kumanovo, North Macedonia), Daniel Lawson and Robin Merrett (London, United Kingdom), former Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen (Oslo, Norway) and former Mayor Bill Peduto (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States), among others.

Our thanks also to the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD) for its invaluable research and input. This publication was made possible by generous support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Union and the US Department of State.