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AFUS Got Off to a Smooth Start
The second African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) 2017: Learning Exchange will 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 related SDGs) and New Urban Agenda.
 
Session Director and Chair of AFUS Advisory Council, Dr Alioune Badiane applauded the host City for their continuous commitment, involvement and participation throughout the inception of what eThekwini has dubbed Urban Week. The week long discussions include an array of panel discussions, remedial methods (addressing urbanization) and implementation strategies.
 
EThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede orated the Official Opening and Welcome of the 2nd AFUS LEARNING EXCHANGE; setting the scene and reflecting on how far we have come as cities, and the journey that still awaits.
 
“It was in 1998 during the 1st International Conference on Crime Prevention Partnerships to Build Community Safety which was held in the City of Johannesburg in which the International Forum of Mayors declared to actively promote and contribute to the implementation of the action plan to foster urban safety and reduce delinquency, violence and insecurity.” Said Mayor, Gumede.
 
Since then, the initiative has received immense support and endorsement from its stakeholders and partners – which initially laid the foundation for the formation and resolution for the creation of the Africa Forum for Urban Safety.
 
“The 2nd International Conference on Crime Prevention Partnerships held in the City of Durban in 2003 in which the conference resolved on creation of Africa Forum for Urban Safety.” Further elaborated Mayor, Cllr Gumede.
 
Deputy Minister: Human Settlements, Zou Kota-Fredericks stuck to the theme of “Creating Safer Cities for All: Implementation of New Urban Agenda” by orating a discussion on Urban Safety and Security, saying “Safety is a key concern in African governance. We constantly need to implement adequate planning strategies - by doing so, we’re creating sustainable living conditions for our communities and cities.”

The Deputy Minister further emphasized that through collective work and commitment we will be able foster prospective relationship and receive international recognition for our efforts.
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