SOU 92 - Towards a Collective Capability for Urban Safety : the role of knowledge and reporting in meeting the global and African agenda for cities (AU 2063, SDG Localisation)
PRESENTATION OF THE SESSION
Cities generate 80% of the worldwide gross national product and are crucial to achieving national, regional and global sustainable development goals. SDG 11 speaks to making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. A challenge is that while cities are places of opportunity, they have significant violence and crime. Factors associated with high crime and violence in cities include extreme inequality, social and spatial exclusion, unemployment, lack of basic services and inadequately managed urban growth. Distinctly urban factors that drive crime, raise the need and opportunity align safety strategies at the local level to SDGs 5, 11 and 16. The proposed session also considers the role of research and reporting in realising the vision for the Africa we want to see. The African vision around conflict and peace must find expression and implementation in local strategies and implementation.
Convened by SA Cities Network and GIZ Inclusive Violence & Crime Prevention programme, the Urban Safety Reference Group brings together national stakeholders and safety managers and practitioners in South African cities. Its overall objectives are to generate research/knowledge to elevate the urban safety agenda towards better policy, legislative, institutional & fiscal investment in integrated violence and crime prevention in cities. The session will address the role of research and knowledge in driving the urban safety agenda and localisation of SDG goals 5, 11 and 16 in African cities. It engages with the experience of South African cities with annual urban safety reports (how they frame urban safety as a developmental consideration, linked to the profiling of crime trends as evidence) , to illustrate how data can help to align local strategies with global and regional agendas. The session further engages with the reports as a possible template for adaptation in other African city contexts.