This international and interdisciplinary conference is organised by the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) in Nice, France. 

Efus’ action is based on the belief that security is a common good that must be delivered with the participation of all relevant stakeholders in urban life and be founded on a balanced combination of prevention, sanction and social cohesion. The conference will address the issues of governance and its distribution between the different territorial levels and of the participation of the private sector and civil society, in particular citizens, in security policies.  

During two and a half days, participants will discuss possible solutions to complement national and European responses to the challenges confronting cities, in particular the prevention of violent radicalisation, the fight against discrimination, the prevention of violence against women, victim support, urban planning, nightlife management, polarisation, technologies, climate change and security, etc. These topics will be addressed at plenary sessions or through workshops, discussion panels, master classes, training sessions, zoom sessions and field visits.

The conference will build on the knowledge and experience gained by Efus over more than three decades.

Who is this conference aimed at?

Unique in its field, this event is aimed at all security and urban life stakeholders:

  • elected representatives,
  • local authority officers,
  • national administrations,
  • magistrates,
  • law enforcement agencies,
  • social workers,
  • researchers,
  • private sector representatives,
  • members of civil society,

Some 800 participants from Europe and beyond are expected to attend and will share their knowledge, experiences and practices.

The latest conferences

The Manifesto

The latest conferences have led to the adoption of a manifesto, a common political project devised by the participants. Six manifestos Security, Democracy and Cities were adopted during previous international conferences organised by Efus in Montreal (1989), Paris (1991), Naples (2000), Saragossa (2006),  Aubervilliers & Saint-Denis (2012) and Barcelona (2017).

Watch the animation below to find out more about the processes involved in drawing up the manifesto:


City of Nice

Nice is a municipality in the south-east of France, prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes department and second city in the Provence-Alpes-CĂ´te d’Azur region behind Marseille. Located at the extreme south-east of France, about thirty kilometers from the Franco Italian border, it is established on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

With 342 637 inhabitants at the last census of 2016, it is the fifth commune of France in population.

It is located in the heart of the seventh urban area of France, with 1,004,914 inhabitants in 2012. The city is the center of a metropolis, Nice CĂ´te d’Azur, which brings together forty – nine municipalities and 536,327

European Forum for Urban Security

Founded in 1987, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is the only European network of local and regional authorities dedicated to urban security. It brings together almost 250 cities and regions from 15 countries with the aim to:

  • promote a balanced vision of urban security, combining prevention, sanction and social cohesion  
  • support local and regional authorities in the conception, deployment and evaluation of their local security policies
  • reinforce the role of local and regional authorities in national and European governance.

Strengthened by its network of experts coming from universities, institutions and NGOs, Efus works  on all major issues relating to urban security and crime prevention. Its expertise and expertise are recognised both at the European and the international levels.