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General Assembly: High-level debate on “Urban safety, security and good governance: making crime prevention a priority for all” (resolution 75/196)
22 Apr 2021 -  Opening Segment
Remarks by the President of the General Assembly
Remarks by the UN Secretary General
Remarks by the UNODC Executive Director
General Debate 

Individual cities face increasingly acute security challenges as a result of local vulnerabilities heightened by the activities of criminal gangs and groups, including transnational organized crime groups, that pursue their illegal economic operations, including drug trafficking and other crimes. Organised crime often preys on communities that are vulnerable, disadvantaged and fractured. States are affected by the destabilising effects of these criminal groups and the associated challenges including, but not limited to corruption, money-laundering, illicit trafficking of goods, and terrorism. These phenomena undermine good governance and the rule of law and directly affect the security of citizens. Considering that more than half of the global population now lives in urban areas, and that by 2050 that share will rise to two thirds, understanding the impact of crime at the city level is becoming more important than ever.
Building on a range of existing promising practices in the field of crime prevention and urban safety, as well as drawing from the inputs of academic and civil society experts, and case studies from a number of cities across the world, this high-level debate will provide an opportunity to exchange views about the need to, and ways in which to, prioritise safety and security in cities, taking into account how organised crime and transnational organized crime exploit and exacerbate local vulnerabilities. Participants will hear examples about how national governments and city administrations can identify crime risks and vulnerabilities, and ensure that safety and security policies are tailored to meet local needs, including by involving communities.