01 November 2017
First Day of AFUS Paves Way for Better Urban Safety Strategies
The first day of the 2nd African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) 2017 Learning Exchange provided the perfect opportunity for cities and local governments to collectively explore ways to consolidate, strengthen and review urban safety policies, strategies and plans within the context of the 2030 sustainable development agenda and New Urban Agenda.
EThekwini Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede orated the official opening and welcome of the Learning Exchange, setting the scene and reflecting on how far the cities have come in achieving urban safety.
“It was in 1998 during the 1st International Conference on Crime Prevention Partnerships to Build Community Safety which was held Johannesburg where the International Forum of Mayors declared to actively promote and contribute to the implementation of the action plan to foster urban safety and reduce delinquency, violence and insecurity,” said Mayor Gumede. “Since then, the initiative has received immense support and endorsement from its stakeholders and partners – which initially laid the foundation for the formation and resolution for the creation of the Africa Forum for Urban Safety.”
Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Zou Kota-Fredericks emphasized the theme of “Creating Safer Cities for All: Implementation of New Urban Agenda”. She said that safety was a key concern in African governance. “We constantly need to implement adequate planning strategies. By doing so, we create sustainable living conditions for our communities and cities.” The Deputy Minister further emphasized that through collective work and commitment Africa will be able foster prospective relationships and receive international recognition for its efforts.
Tackling the topic on Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda: Transformative Commitments and Actions Towards New Guidelines on Safer Cities, Christine Musisi from the UN Habitat said, “It is estimated that 60% of urban dwellers in developing countries have been victims of crime with rates of 70% in parts of Latin America and Africa according to UN Habitat. Whilst considerable efforts have been made to improve safety and security in urban areas they have not produced lasting results.”
Other topics covered include; The role of local Governments, The State of Safety in South Africa, Big Data for Safer Cities and What works to make cities safer in Africa.
The Learning Exchange scheduled to end on Friday, 03 November 2017, will also focus, discuss and address the past, prepare for the present and organise for the future strategies in dealing with urban safety.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.
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