High Level Panel on Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities - 28 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 9:30 - 14:00
The High-level Panel aims to facilitate stronger partnerships to ensure commitments related to sustainable development and urbanization over the next 15 years.


Reviewing the State of Safety in Cities:

Partnerships and Solutions for Localized Implementation  

Geneva, 28 June 2017, 9.30-14.00

Palais de Nations, Room XXV

Discover the agenda: High-level panel - Reviewing the state of safety in cities - 22 June.pdf

Registration by Thursday, 15 June 2017: Registration is now closed.

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Background information

Crime, violence, and social exclusion are three of the most important problems for contemporary cities, given the trends of rapid urbanization and continuous increase of inequalities and marginalization. This strategic landscape requires new solutions for city leaders that combine and cut across knowledge and best practices, and strengthen partnerships for sustainable development and safe inclusive urbanization.

The constant quest of urban leaders to find solutions is now paralleled by a new international consensus to prioritize safe and inclusive cities. The international community has endorsed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The implementation of these global agendas will depend on “localization”, implying that solutions should be implemented as close as possible to the specific settings they are intended to affect. Building on the call for leadership at the city level to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the NUA by United Cities and Local Government (UCLG), the High-Level Panel will bring together perspectives on the paths forward to reduce and prevent crime, violence, and social exclusion in cities by 2030.

The High-level Panel is the first of a biennial conference series that aims to facilitate stronger partnerships between local and national governments, international organizations, academia and other stakeholders to ensure commitments related to sustainable development and urbanization over the next 15 years; as expressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. The High-Level Panel is preceded by an international expert conference in the Maison de la Paix, 26-27 June 2017.


The High-level Panel is co-organized by UN-Habitat's Safer Cities Programme and Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, in collaboration with members of the Coordination Core Group including the United Nations Office at Geneva; the International Committee of the Red Cross; the United Nations Development Programme; the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding; the Geneva International Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces; and the Small Arms Survey.


UN-Habitat and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform are not in the position to fund travel expenses or facilitate any visa procedures to attend this conferenece.