UNODCity aims to make urban environments safe, inclusive & resilient by addressing the
multi-causal factors of violence, crime & insecurity. In addition to strengthening the role of cities in dealing with
crime & violence, the Global Programme also emphasizes on building resilience of communities.
Urbanisation is closely linked with increases in economic and social development. Yet, alongside
all the growth and advancement taking place, cities across the globe are undermined by chronic insecurity, violence and corruption,
including those resulting from crime challenges originating beyond urban or national boundaries. The security challenges of
individual cities are increasingly a result of the intersection of individual vulnerabilities, local risks and illicit flows
from across national borders.
UNODC identified the need for more effective and evidence-based interventions at the urban
level to strengthen resilience of communities to crime and violence, as well as to reduce their vulnerabilities to transnational
illicit flows (like trafficking of persons, drugs, illicit financial flows, firearms and counterfeit goods). With two-thirds
of the world population expected to reside in cities by 2050, these challenges will only continue to become more acute in
urban settlements world over.
COVID-19 Response & Complex Emergencies - UNODC co-convened the thematic
session: 'Bolstering local action to control the pandemic and accelerate implementation' ahead of the High
Level Political Forum 2020... read
Urban Safety Governance Assessments in Chilanzar - UNODC’s Urban Safety Governance
Assessment is currently underway and results of the Assessment are expected in the third quarter of 2020... read
The COVID-19 pandemic has added unprecedented challenges for cities. The recovery
phase is an opportunity for all levels of government to build back more inclusive, equal, resilient and sustainable societies. UNODC
co-convened the thematic session: 'Bolstering
local action to control the pandemic and accelerate implementation'. The session considered the changing nature of urbanization
challenges and implications of the pandemic for urban planning and resilience strategies, how to promote transformative action
at the local level, and empower local actors to make cities more productive, sustainable and equitable.