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“New Paths to Social Inclusion for Safer Cities”

7th Conference on Global Citizen Education
October 11th 2016

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. But cities also concentrate problems such as unemployment, exclusion, and poverty. Together with the recent refugee crisis, new trends in migration and the United Nations’ estimate that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, this presents a series of challenges and opportunities for policymakers and urban planners alike.

In this sense, sustainable development is indispensable for “cities of opportunities” for all, where people thrive socially and economically, and where social inclusion, protection and well-being are the norm. It is equally important to acknowledge that safer and more inclusive cities do not just happen organically but depend just as much on local governments as well as the quality of the countless interactions that occur among the kaleidoscope of individuals, social groups, and institutions that exist in a city.

The 7th Conference on Global Citizen Education on “New Paths to Social Inclusion for Safer Cities“ in October 2016 at the House of the European Union in Vienna, provided a forum for meaningful discussions among representatives of the diplomatic community, civil society, political leaders, international NGOs and educators to discuss common solutions for new ways forward.

This publication presents a collection of their contributions to share their expertise and put forward promising practices in regard to urban planning, social inclusion and inter-sectoral collaboration for politics and society at large.

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