In the context of the 5th Congress of United Cities and Local Goverments (UCLG) held from 12 to 15 of October, the first Edition of the UCLG Peace Prize City of Bogota was presented. The Award has been promoted and created by the Comission of Decentralization and Local Autonomy, led by Barcelona’s Provincial Authority conjointly with the Dutch Association of Municipalities (VNG International), and the NGO PAX. The inauguration of the Prize was held in a privileged context, whereby one of the main aims of the prize is to put the promotion of Peace and Human rights at the heart of the local public agenda.
During the General Assembly of UCLG and after an intense process of deliberation, the International Jury announced the winner of the first edition of the Prize: the city of Kauswagan (Philippines), for the project “From Arms to Farms”, a local policy of social inclusion of former guerrillas through the work in organic farms. The winner was chosen from a pool of 45 participants, 5 of which were considered as remarkable finalists: the city of Palmira (Colombia), with the project "Palmira, Peace is your Voice”; the municipality of Canoas (Brazil) for "Peace Territories”; Cali (Colòmbia), with the project “Thinking of Peace” and finally, Shabunda, (Democratic Republic of Congo), for their “Permanent Peace Committees”.
Awarded on a triennially, the UCLG City of Bogota Peace Prize seeks to make visible the innovative actions that local governments undertake with the aim of promoting Peace on their territories and overcoming existing conflicts at the heart of its communities. The award is profiled as providing with a global stage for the celebration of successful actions that promote peace at the local level, and also to draw international attention to the crucial role of local governments in conflict management and resolution, the promotion of peace, justice and the protection of human rights against cases of collective violence.