Efus signs a cooperation agreement with UN-Habitat to act as a link between European and African cities in the area of urban security

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unhabitat-logo-260px1Paris, November 2014 – Efus has signed a cooperation agreement with UN-Habitat whereby it will act as a link between local governments in Europe and Africa, promoting collaboration between its European partners and African local authorities member of the African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS), which is due to be created shortly.

This agreement is part of UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme, which was launched in 1996 at the request of African mayors confronted with urban crime and violence in their cities. To date UN-Habitat has supported initiatives in 77 cities in 24 countries worldwide.

In line with the Habitat agenda, which recommended crime prevention at the city level, the Safer Cities Programme supported the creation of an African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS). It is envisaged as a space for knowledge exchange, learning, innovations and facilitating solutions for cities in Africa on the prevention of urban crime and enhancement of urban safety.

The general aims of the project are to initiate the exchange of best practices between African and European cities and to build a distinct community of practice in Africa, making a clear case for the added value of participatory and integrated approach to urban safety. The immediate goal of this project is to provide support for the establishment of the African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) and to draft a regional strategy for safer cities in Africa, which will serve as the basis for future AFUS work.