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Can cities be safer, smarter and sustainable?

By on February 10, 2016

The “Safer, Smarter and Sustainable Cities” project capitalizes on the City Leadership Initiative (CLI) – a research partnership of University College London (UCL STEaPP, GCSC, Public Policy) with the World Bank Group and UN-Habitat, based at UCL STEaPP,  supported by the ESRC, and developed jointly by CLI, the United Nations Global Network of Safer Cities (GNSC) and SAP Software & Solutions.

The project involves a study aimed at identifying trends and commonalities in a selected pool of major international cities drawn from major city networks. In particular, the research focuses on highlighting touch points, development opportunities and conflicts/barriers between the “smart”, “safer” and “sustainable” city agendas that are now commonly discussed in the Habitat III process and applied in cities the world over. The study offers a chance for cross-disciplinary and academia-policy collaborations, as well as for direct industry-city networks cooperation.

The project is developed by the City Leadership Initiative with support from the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities at University College London. The project is informing activities by UN Global Network of Safer Cities’ technical working group (TWG) II on “Safety and Smart Cities” within the frame of the UN-Habitat Safer Cities programme and in collaboration with the UN-Habitat UNI Hub on Safer Cities. The TWG is jointly lead by CLI and SAP Software Solutions, with participation from Sheffield Hallam University, Thales, Huawei, the European Forum on Urban Security (EFUS), CITYNET and a variety of experts on safety and smart urban developments.

The working paper represents the initial scoping analysis for the TWG and Safer Cities Hub, and is meant to inform further policy debates and research initiatives. The first report of the project is available on the CLI website.
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