UN-HABITAT joined the Government of Catalonia in Spain this week at a landmark conference aimed at helping create safer cities in Latin America by assisting urban youth at risk.
In an inaugural address, Mr. Felip Puig Interior Councillor of the Government of Catalonia, said he was delighted that "the Catalan police participate in a UN-HABITAT project with countries in Latin America which enables us to exchange experiences, to capture knowledge, strengthen relationships and consolidate our position as a police referral".
Mr. Elkin Velasquez, the chief of UN-HABITAT's Urban Governance Section and Coordinator of the Global Safer Cities Programme cited the importance of the cooperation with Catalonia and welcomed plans to contribute to training programmes on Proximity Urban Policing.
The workshop was also attended by the Director of the Institute of Public Security of Catalonia, Ms. Nuria Aymerich.
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