Nice hosts a major international conference on urban security

250 European cities will meet from October 20 to 22 in Nice for the international conference “Security, Democracy and Cities” organized by the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus).

For three days, the representatives of the communities will discuss the major challenges facing European cities and regions to “strengthen urban security.”

Gathered at the Acropolis Palace, the speakers will also discuss the impact of climate change on security as well as on the contribution of technologies, in particular artificial intelligence.

Strongly involved in these themes, the city of Nice is leading the European project PACTESUR (financed by the European Internal Security Fund) in which Efus is a partner, aimed at strengthening the capacities of cities to better protect urban public spaces.

“Experimentation with facial recognition was an important step forward”

“The city is undoubtedly the most relevant level in the fight against terrorist attacks, whether in terms of prevention or protection. In this area, Nice is a pilot city, explains Jean-Charles Brisard, PACTESUR expert and specialist in terrorism. We saw it again during Carnival (in 2019 editor’s note), with the experimentation of facial recognition which was an important advance in this field. On this subject, it is urgent that the legislative framework evolve. Indeed, the effectiveness of facial recognition is well established ”.

The 2017 edition, organized in Barcelona, ​​welcomed more than 800 participants representing 130 local and regional authorities from 47 countries on five continents.

The European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is the only European network of local authorities dedicated to reflection, cooperation and support for elected officials and their teams in the area of ​​urban security. Created in 1987, it brings together nearly 250 cities and regions from 15 countries. Recognized for its expertise by national and European institutions, Efus promotes the exchange of experiences between communities according to the principle “cities help cities”.

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