AFUS: The Inaugural African Forum for Urban Safety Learning Exchange

The Inaugural African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) Learning Exchange is taking place in the South African city of Durban on the theme” Towards Collective Action for Creation of Safer Cities Vision 2030” from 29 June to 1st July 2016.

Conscious of the fact that safety has become a key determinant of the quality of urban livelihoods and that crime, insecurity and violence can deter all aspects of the daily lives of ordinary people; the AFUS wants to take action. Chaired by the City of Durban, AFUS is collaborating with UN-Habitat and supported by UCLG Africa and the National Department of Human Settlement (South Africa) to address the safety issue within cities.

Hence, the Learning Exchange aims to achieve the following:

Synthesis of present experiences on safer cities in the context of human settlements and urban development;

Learning Lessons from “Safer Cities” pilot projects and consolidation into a legacy City Safety Lab project for the City of Durban; and

Creation of a network of cities and public and private organizations working with safety at the local level.

This Learning Exchange seeks also to set the scene for actions, which support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, African Vision 2063 and contribute to the Habitat3 process.

You can follow the AFUS as it unfolds on Twitter by using the hashtag #AFUS2016 and following @forum4safety.

More information is available here.