Juma Assiago - UN-HABITAT


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Juma Assiago - UN-HABITAT

  1. 1. - SC Communication Strategy, June 2011, Nairobi
  2. 2. Can Cities Be Safer? An Urban Approach Safer Cities
  3. 3. <ul><li>For the first time in human history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptions of local and global governance are changing </li></ul><ul><li>With a third of all urban dwellers living in ghettos, slums, favela, rapid urbanisation is also reshaping the family, the school and the community. </li></ul>Safer Cities Overview – the Urban World
  4. 4. Saskia Sassen, 1992. The Global City: New York, London, Tokio . Mike Davies, 2006. Planet of Slums .
  5. 5. <ul><li>The urban approach makes possible to reach the neighborhoods , to understand their meaning for residents and understand all types of internal conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>Main concern is not crime reduction but improving quality of life - An issue of urban planning, management and governance </li></ul>Safer Cities Can Cities Be Safer? The Urban Approach to Crime &Violence
  6. 6. Safer Cities UN support – The Safer Cities Programme <ul><li>Has assisted 53 cities in 19 countries to develop capacities in the prevention of urban crime and enhancement of urban safety </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a holistic notion of ‘safety’ through: </li></ul><ul><li>a careful consideration of social cohesion </li></ul><ul><li>extent of urban inequalities </li></ul><ul><li>risk of the built environment </li></ul><ul><li>scope of inclusiveness in urban governance </li></ul>
  7. 7. Achievements <ul><li>Formulated Urban Safety Projects in various cities in Africa and Latin America </li></ul><ul><li>Tools adapted, tested, documented and disseminated on the local approach and on prevention issues </li></ul><ul><li>Networks of cities active in this field </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgment of the role of local authorities in the international and national debate </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling National policies in support to local community-based interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Growing understanding within the UN on the local articulation of the prevention of violence and crime </li></ul>Safer Cities
  8. 8. Towards the Global Network on Safer Cities <ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>The development of UN Guidelines on Safer Cities will provide the fulcrum for the GNSC between 2012 – 2016 </li></ul><ul><li>The empowerment of local authorities and local governance mechanisms on prevention is the prime focus of the network. </li></ul>Safer Cities
  9. 9. Key Priorities of the GNSC 2012-16 <ul><li>Knowledge Management: Documentation of lessons from practice of 15 years of application of ‘Safer Cities’ </li></ul><ul><li>C2C: Training Programme on South-South Cooperation and North – South- Cooperation on Safer Cities </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy: World Urban Campaign targeting citizens participation promoting better life through safer cities </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships: Establishment of thematic collaboration with multilateral agencies towards enhancing multisectoral frameworks at national and local level. </li></ul>Safer Cities
  10. 10. Future key steps <ul><li>Establishment of a virtual platform of the GNSC </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>Safer Cities
  11. 11. UN-HABITAT P.O Box 30030 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: 254-20 7623771 Email: juma.assiago@unhabitat.org http://www.unhabitat.org/safercities Thank You