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Global Network on Safer Cities

Safer Cities Network - Copy The Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC) is an initiative of UN-Habitat with the goal of equipping local authorities and urban stakeholders to deliver urban safety, thus contributing towards securing the urban advantage for all. Launched in September 2012 at the Sixth session of the World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy, the GNSC is envisioned to serve as the foremost international platform for cities and urban stakeholders endeavoring to prevent crime and improve urban safety. The Safer Cities approach is developed in collaboration with cities and partners from all over the world and is currently being implemented in 77 cities in 24 countries. The Network is designed to support cities in the prevention of urban crime and the enhancement of urban safety strategies, acting as a common platform that links existing crime and violence prevention networks with the urban players. The objectives of the GNSC are:

  • To stimulate exchange between policymakers and practitioners, institutions and NGOs working on crime prevention and urban development on the prioritization of safety as a global sustainable urban development agenda;
  • To facilitate standardisation of principles on prevention of urban crime and enhancement of urban safety for all;
  • To develop and disseminate knowledge and tools on urban safety;
  • To support application of proven and promising approaches dedicated to safer cities for all;
  • To increase coordination on communication, advocacy and outreach among cities and donors and grow the visibility of the urban safety agenda;
  • To leverage resources for implementation of safety initiatives in cities.


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