It is an established fact that more than half of the world’s population has already moved to urban areas and cities, United Nations Population Fund estimates, that by 2030 over five billion people will be living in urban areas. This massive movement of people into urban spaces and cities is called ‘urbanization’.   Urbanization presents local government and cities with an opportunity to innovate while continuing the delivery of services to promote sustainable human settlements. Safety, crime and violence prevention is central to the delivery of sustainable human settlement and advancement of sustainable urbanization.

The adoption of the 2030 sustainable development agenda in the form of Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11, making cities and human settlement safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable and all other related SDGs (5, 16 and 17) provide new impetus on the complementary role of cities and local government in the promotion of peace and safety. This is further supported by the New Urban Agenda (NUA) which provides the framework for the implementation of 2030 sustainable development agenda.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the New Urban Agenda provide an opportunity to consolidate the two decade-gains on Safer Cities, review the existing crime and violence prevention policies, strategies and plans; and develop relevant tools to strengthen the implementation of crime and violence prevention.

It is upon this background that the Africa Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS), which is chaired by City of Durban was established. The chair working in partnership with UN Habitat and supported by United Cities and Local Governments Africa UCLGA is hosting the 2nd AFUS Learning Exchange targeting Mayors and practitioners on Crime Prevention, Urban Safety and Security. This Learning Exchange seeks to set the scene for actions towards the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda and Africa Vision 2063.

The 2nd AFUS Learning Exchange envisages to realize the following key objectives:

Allow cities and local governments to collectively explore ways to consolidate, strengthen and review urban safety policy, strategies and plans within the context of 2030 sustainable development agenda (especially SDG11) and New Urban Agenda;

Support the development of urban safety monitoring capabilities through the profiling of existing and emerging tools for data collections, storing and sharing;

Allow cities and local governments, regional and global partners, state and none state actors, organized civil society, business and academia to consider and make input on identified curriculum options for capacity enhancement on urban safety;

Share and profile promising urban safety practices;

Facilitate partnership amongst different partners especially academia and business in support of cities and local governments’ effort to build safer cities for all; and

Use the Learning Exchange to refine content for collaborative learning during the EFUS Conference in 2017 and the World Urban Forum in 2018.