The city of Païta, in New Caledonia, recently joined the European Forum for Urban Security. In a recent video interview, Benoît Coquelet, Chief of urban social development and coordinator of the safety and prevention local contract, explains the benefits for Païta of being member of Efus.
With 18,000 inhabitants, an important young population and a growth of 6 percent per year, Païta is confronted with problems of incivilities, in particular by young people, alcohol abuse and road safety. “We want to improve our expertise and exchange with other cities,” says Mr Coquelet. “Even though we are situated in the South Pacific, we have a strong European background so it makes sense to be part of a European network.”