UN Habitat Safer Cities Programme and the Global Parliament of Mayors Webinar “Strengthening the Safer Cities Strategy while responding to COVID-19” / 27-28 MAY

This two-day webinar will explore the impact of Covid-19 on urban safety and security in connection to the pre-Covid process on the implementation of the UN systemwide Guidelines on Safer Cities and Human Settlements. How cities are responding to the increasing crime and violence in their communities and how local stakeholders and cities can support each other in the delivery of safety for all inhabitants. The conclusion of this webinar will contribute to the next steps towards a workplan and WUF22.

REGISTRATION

 


WEDNESDAY 27 MAY

Session 1: 10.00-11.45hrs CET

OPENING DISCUSSION “SAFER CITIES FOR ALL” (10.00-10.45hrs)

High level reflections on the impact of COVID-19 on Safer Cities Approach and the recommendations of mayors to go forward on urban security

Discussion guideline documents: UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan and UN systemwide Guidelines on Safer Cites and Human Settlements
Dr. Shipra Narang Suri, Chief Urban Practices Branch, UN-Habitat, moderator

 

Opening

  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat
  • Mayor Peter Kurz of Mannheim, Chair Global Parliament of Mayors
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
    (represented by Kalliopi Mingeirou, Chief Ending Violence against Women and Girls Section-UN Women)
       
Maimunah Mohd Sharif      Peter Kurz

THEMATIC DISCUSSION “THE EMERGING LESSONS FROM COVID-19 ON VULNERABILITY AND SAFETY” (10.45-11.45HRS)

What are we learning about how this pandemic impacts what we need to do to mitigate vulnerability?

Position paper by Dr. Jaideep Gupte, Fellow, IDS, University of Sussex, and GCRF Cities & Sustainable Infrastructure Challenge Leader, UKRI
Discussion leader by Dr. Shipra Narang Suri, Chief Urban Practices Branch, UN-Habitat (moderator)

Global Panel

  • Mayor Ricardo Rio of Braga, Portugal, Treasurer Global Parliament of Mayors
  • Mayor Manuel de Araujo of Quelimane, Mozambique
  • Angela Mwai OIC, Team Lead Human Rights, and Social Inclusion Unit, Urban Practices Branch
  • Dr. Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
  • Yllaylee Das, Manager Global Safer Cities for Girls Programme, Plan International, India
  • Nomusa Shembe, Safer Cities Unit Manager, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa
  • Dr. Barbara Holtmann, Founder FIXED
         

Ricardo Rio              Manuel de Araujo      Shipra Narang Suri      Jaideep Gupte

Session 2: 14.00-15.30hrs CET

THEMATIC DISCUSSION “USEFUL TOOLS FOR SYSTEMIC AND SUSTAINABLE SAFER CITIES APPROACHES”

We look at the tools from the perspective of the current crisis while enhancing the achievement of long-term goals.

Position paper by Dr. Franz Vanderschueren, Director Urban Safety Programme, Urban Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile
Discussion leader by Juma Assiago, Specialist-Safer Cities, HR&SIU/Urban Practices Branch, UN-Habitat (moderator)

Global Panel

  • Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, USA and Vice-Chair Global Parliament of Mayors
  • Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, Director General, European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS)
  • Elsa D’Silva, CEO Red Dot Foundation, Founder of My City App
     

 Steve Benjamin           Juma Assiago          Franz Vanderschueren

THURSDAY 28 MAY

Session 3: 14.00-15.00hrs CET

THEMATIC DISCUSSION “INCLUSION, SOCIAL COHESION AND SAFER URBAN ENVIRONMENTS”

Advocacy and outreach on safer cities highlighting and scaling up community voices and actions on safety in partnership with local government.

Position paper by Professor Doris Sommer, Harvard University, USA

Global Panel

  • Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda of eThekwini, Durban, South Africa, GPM Mayor
  • Deputy Mayor Adham Darawsha of Culture Palermo, Sicily, Italy, GPM Mayor
  • Dr. Sipho Sithole (Ph.D.), Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg
  • Rainer Kern, Director UNESCO City of Music Mannheim, advisor Mayor Mannheim
    

Mxolisi Kaunda          Adham Darawsha       Doris Sommer

Session 4: 15.30-17.15hrs CET

THEMATIC DISCUSSION “INTEGRATED BENCHMARKING AND MEASUREMENT TOOLS FOR SAFER CITIES” (15.30-16.30 HRS)

How will COVID-19 impact longitudinal studies? The 50% Violence Reduction Target spearheaded under the framework of the Peace in our Cities Campaign.

Position paper by dr. Robert Muggah, CEO Igarape Institute Brazil and Co-Chair GPM Advisory Committee (moderator)

Global Panel

  • Mayor Marvin Rees, Bristol, United Kingdom, member of GPM Executive Committee
  • Dr. Rachel Locke, Director, Impact: Peace, University of San Diego and co-facilitator of Peace in Our Cities Initiative
  • Dr. Irvin Waller, Emeritus Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Robert Ndugwa, Officer in Charge of the Global Urban Observatory Unit, UN-Habitat
  • Nicolas Gharbi, Principal Advisor International Relations, and International Strategy, Madrid City Council, Spain
  • Thomas George, Senior Adviser Urban UNICEF
  

Marvin Rees              Robert Muggah

Closing Panel (16.30 – 17.15 hrs)

Next steps towards a workplan Safer Cities Programme and WUF2022

Global Panel

  • Victor Kisob, Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat
  • Raf Tuts, Director, Global Solutions, UN-Habitat (moderator)
  • Bo Mathiasen, Deputy Director, UNODC
  • Mayor Peter Kurz of Mannheim, Germany, Chair Global Parliament of Mayors
  • Deputy Mayor Mariusz Skiba of Katowice, Poland, GPM Mayor and Host WUF 2022
  • Felix Munger, CEO, Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention

Final Remark and Wrap Up

  • Juma Assiago, Specialist-Safer Cities, HR&SIU/Urban Practices Branch, UN-Habitat

Rapporteur for all sessions
Chrystie Swiney (JD/Ph.D. (ABD)), Attorney Adviser, Legal Scholar Sunwater Institute, and doctoral fellow for the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative

        

Victor Kisob               Bo Mathiasen              Mariusz Skiba            Peter Kurz

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