What is the Urban Safety Governance Approach?

In order to address the threats to urban communities, UNODC has adopted an Urban Safety Governance Approach that aims to generate an in-depth understanding of how a wider set of localised risk factors interact with illicit external flows, thereby highlighting the need for context-specific responses, in order to foster legitimate governance, reduce inequality and promote inclusion and individual and community resilience. The expected outcomes of this approach are: 

1)      Identification of local challenges and priority areas of intervention;

2)      Integrated strategy and policy development;

3)      Enhanced capacity of officials and institutions at the local and national level;

4)      Greater coordination and partnerships between all stakeholders.

The first step of the Urban Safety Governance Approach is the Urban Safety Governance Assessment, which broadens the scope of a traditional safety audit by investigating issues not only related to crime and victimisation, but including corruption, illicit transnational flows, preventing violent extremism and health-centred drug prevention, treatment and care. Through an integrated and participatory approach, these assessments will support and work with Member States and their relevant local governments to identify priority areas and develop evidence-based policy recommendations. UNODC, together with relevant and key stakeholders and partners, provides capacity building and technical support for the implementation of key activities identified through the Urban Safety Governance Assessment and included in the public policy and action plan. This enables local authorities to measure progress and possess the capacity to implement preventive and transformative actions to enhance urban safety and good governance. 

 Have a look at the links below for additional information: 


            Guidance Tool (EN)  (ES) (RU)                     UNODC's Global Program for Urban  Safety Governance