Paris, France, July 2020 – Efus’ “Security, Democracy and Cities” international conference, originally scheduled in November, will be held on 26, 27 and 28 May 2021 in Nice (FR). Last month, we announced that this conference, a key moment in the life of our association, had to be postponed because of the uncertainties linked to the Covid-19 sanitary crisis, in particular on travel. Efus wishes to thank its partners, notably the City of Nice, for having reorganised their schedule so swiftly.
>> A major conference on urban security
Interdisciplinary and dedicated to the exchange of practices, experience and knowledge on urban security and crime prevention in Europe and in the world, the “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference concerns all urban security stakeholders: elected officials, local and regional authority executives, magistrates, security professionals, social workers, researchers, and civil society actors.
The last “Security, Democracy and Cities” international conference was hosted in November 2017 by the city of Barcelona and the region of Catalonia (ES). It gathered some 800 participants representing 130 local and regional authorities from 47 countries of the five continents. The rich programme included four plenary sessions, 16 workshops, 17 field visits and 30 ‘zoom’ thematic sessions.
>> Nice, a city engaged in security and crime prevention
The city of Nice is very active with regard to security and crime prevention.
It is leading the PACTESUR European project in which Efus is a partner and which seeks to build the capacities of cities and local actors in the field of the security of public spaces vulnerable to terrorist and other threats.
Nice also coordinates with Efus and the city of Madrid (ES) the Partnership on the security of public spaces of the Urban Agenda for the European Union. This partnership gathers local authorities, Member States and European institutions working together to strengthen the role of cities in European security policies, to increase the sharing of knowledge and good practices, and to advocate at European level legislative reform and new funding frameworks.
“I am pleased that Nice was selected to host Efus’ major international conference on urban security in the Autumn of 2020, and that it was elected member of the Executive Committee of this network that gathers 250 cities and regions from 16 countries. It is a recognition of our efforts and leadership at European level on issues of security and resilience,” said Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice.