The Bogota Mayor’s office, in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will host a two-day international conference on urban security in the Colombian capital city from April 15 to 16.
The conference, called the “International Summit of Cities: Ideas, Leadership and Innovation for the Prevention of Violence in Urban Latin America and the Caribbean”, is aimed at exchanging experiences and expertise between mayors and government officials from across the region, in order to promote a reduction of insecurity levels in urban areas.
According to a press release from the IDB, the conference will be a “unique occasion to exchange experiences and innovative ideas aimed at reducing the level of insecurity in urban areas. Focused on the municipal approach, the main issues to be discussed will be youth and violence, organized crime, transnational crime, new technologies in the control and prevention of offenses, as well as other local Administration concerns related to common life and citizen security.”
The event will include distinguished speakers such as William Bratton, the former police chief of the Los Angles, New York City, and Boston Police Departments, in addition to Leoluca Orlando, the former pay of Palermo, Italy.
According to Colombian media source RCN, the IDB chose to host the conference in Bogota because of the city’s successful programs aimed at promoting coexistence, security, and citizen rights, making it a model city of urban security in Latin America.
The event will take place at Fabio Lozano Auditorium, at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota.