The Urban Safety Governance Initiative is piloted in Iztapalapa (Mexico City), Nairobi (Kenya), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The Assessment has produced key findings and recommendations, allowing local partners to identify strategic priorities and formulate public policies. This process serves as the basis for technical assistance carried out under this programme to promote the implementation of evidence-informed prevention policies and programmes and strengthen the capacity of local and national stakeholders to effectively address crime, violence, substance use disorder, corruption, terrorism, illicit flows of firearms, trafficking in persons, and other issues identified by the Assessment at city level. Tailored to local needs, UNODC technical assistance is provided in cooperation with different actors including: local and national government officials; UN partners (in close coordination with UN country teams); civil society; academic institutions; city networks, and local residents.
Based on the conceptual phase, results and lessons learned from implementation in these pilot cities, the Urban Safety Governance Assessment guidance tool will be refined to further improve the implementation of the Urban Safety Governance Approach in other cities across the globe in selected urban contexts in close cooperation with relevant local and national authorities.
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UNODC is well placed to assist Member States with the development of sound evidence-based interventions that seek to promote healthy, safe, inclusive and resilient cities and therefore, in addition to engagement at the national level, sees value in engaging with local stakeholders, alongside national actors, and empowering them with relevant tools and services as part of this process. By uniting all the mandate areas and existing programmes under this initiative, UNODC is able to holistically address the problems faced by governments and residents of urban environments.