Safer Cities

Addressing Universal Access to Safe and Inclusive Space for All

New America, in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Global Urban Futures project at The New School, and Next City, will mark the occasion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York. The broad focus is on the Sustainable Development Goals; the importance of universal access to safe public spaces in every city and for every citizen; and plans for  Safer Cities campaign in the lead up to Habitat III in Quito in 2016.


10:00 am: Welcoming Remarks

Mary Watson 
Executive Dean, The New School

10:05 am: Introduction

Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira 
Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat

10:15 am: Overview of the campaign on safe public spaces

Pamela Puchalski
Director, Resilient Communities, New America

10:20 am: Panel discussion

Parks Tau
Mayor of Johannesbug, South Africa

Leoluca Orlando
Mayor of Palermo, Italy

Khalifa Sal
Mayor of Dakar, Senegal

Pamela Puchalski
Director, Resilient Communities, New America

11:00 am: Reflections on the achievement of post-2015 SDG Goal 11, Target 7

Dr. Michael Cohen
Director, International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School

Sri Sofjan
Senior Program Administrator and Strategist, The Huairou Commission

David Burney
Associate Professor of Planning and Placemaking, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

11:30 am: Towards a citizen-centered campaign for safe public space

Martha Diaz
Founding Director, Hip-Hop Education Center

Sarah Graizbord
Partner, Bennett Midland LLC

Robert Holzer
Founder and CEO, Matter Unlimited

Lana Finikin
Executive Director, Sistern Theater Collective

Tom Dallessio
President and CEO, Next City

12:05 pm: Audience Q&A

12:15 pm: Formal pre-launch of campaign

12:30 pm: Close