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The question of taking measures to create safe cities

Issue in Global Mayors Forum

You know what they say: “Safety First.” Safety is something we all have the right to, all rely on and all need, but is it really a given? What determines the level of safety in a city? To what extent is it the city council’s responsibility to interfere in obtaining an optimal level of security and should their measures be offensive or defensive? Or is it an individual’s own obligation to protect themselves? There are many contemporary issues that affect a city’s safety, for example the increasing threat of a terrorist attack or shootings and other attacks on civilians that have taken place in metropolises around the world. Other examples of issues that many cities face are issues regarding health care, the vast growth of technology and negative environmental developments.

Social cohesion, objective safety and subjective safety are a few core aspects of creating a safe city. The feeling of togetherness is crucial for optimizing these aspects. Communication is the key to a city’s safety and success. There are a diverse number of possible measures to unite a city’s population. It is up to delegates to find out which measures are most effective and relevant to the issues that their city faces. It is also the delegates’ task to obtain the right balance of interference and trust whilst refraining from taking a too passive stance, since the importance of a city’s safety should not be underestimated. Especially when it is expected that two thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. A nation builds on this smaller-scale social success. 

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