Can Cities Be Safer? An Urban Approach Safer Cities
For the first time in human history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas.
Conceptions of local and global governance are changing
With a third of all urban dwellers living in ghettos, slums, favela, rapid urbanisation is also reshaping the family, the school and the community.
Safer Cities Overview – the Urban World
Saskia Sassen, 1992. The Global City: New York, London, Tokio . Mike Davies, 2006. Planet of Slums .
The urban approach makes possible to reach the neighborhoods , to understand their meaning for residents and understand all types of internal conflicts
Main concern is not crime reduction but improving quality of life - An issue of urban planning, management and governance
Safer Cities Can Cities Be Safer? The Urban Approach to Crime &Violence
Safer Cities UN support – The Safer Cities Programme
Has assisted 53 cities in 19 countries to develop capacities in the prevention of urban crime and enhancement of urban safety
Provides a holistic notion of ‘safety’ through:
a careful consideration of social cohesion
extent of urban inequalities
risk of the built environment
scope of inclusiveness in urban governance
Formulated Urban Safety Projects in various cities in Africa and Latin America
Tools adapted, tested, documented and disseminated on the local approach and on prevention issues
Networks of cities active in this field
Acknowledgment of the role of local authorities in the international and national debate
Enabling National policies in support to local community-based interventions
Growing understanding within the UN on the local articulation of the prevention of violence and crime
Towards the Global Network on Safer Cities
Ministries of Local Government, Housing and Urban Development have requested UN-HABITAT to catalyse the application of the Safer Cities approach through the establishment of a Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC)
The development of UN Guidelines on Safer Cities will provide the fulcrum for the GNSC between 2012 – 2016
The empowerment of local authorities and local governance mechanisms on prevention is the prime focus of the network.
Key Priorities of the GNSC 2012-16
Knowledge Management: Documentation of lessons from practice of 15 years of application of ‘Safer Cities’
C2C: Training Programme on South-South Cooperation and North – South- Cooperation on Safer Cities
Advocacy: World Urban Campaign targeting citizens participation promoting better life through safer cities
Partnerships: Establishment of thematic collaboration with multilateral agencies towards enhancing multisectoral frameworks at national and local level.
Future key steps
Establishment of a virtual platform of the GNSC
Partners Consultation Processes towards the launch of the Global Network on Safer Cities Action Plan at the World Urban Forum VI , Naples, Italy, September 1 – 7 2012
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