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CLACDS takes part in workshop on preventing crime and violence

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INCAE, June 26, 2013. Researcher Jorge Vinicio Murillo, from the INCAE Business School's LatinLa actividad se lleva a cabo en Cali, Colombia, y reúne a 40 expertos internacionales,  25 alcaldes de distintas zonas de ese país y de Latinoamérica, y a 500 participantes. American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), took part in the international conference-workshop, "Comprehensive Solutions for Preventing Crime and Violence", organized by the World Bank, June 26th-29th.
The activity took place in Cali, Colombia, and brought together 40 international experts, 25 mayors from different parts of this country and Latin America, and 500 participants. The goal was to facilitate dialogue between local authorities and experts, and examine good practices and lessons learned in relation to preventing crime and violence.

The Network for Solutions to Violence (Resol-V)—an alliance that shares information and helps define, design and implement solutions that insure citizen security in the region—was also launched at this event. Resol-V will provide access to experts from around the world who are working on successful solutions.
Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, the World Bank's Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Hasan Tuluy, and the Mayor of Cali, Rodrigo Guerrero presided at the conference's opening ceremony. In his remarks, Hasan Tuluy noted that although Latin America accounts for only 9% of the world's population, it accounts for almost 30% of homicides worldwide. "In other words, a person is four times more likely to be murdered in this region than in the rest of the world. In Central America, this rate is seven times higher."

"During recent decades, we have learned a lot about the nature of the challenge we are facing, and the types of solutions that work. We don't know everything. But we know enough to generate changes. Now, we know that a comprehensive response needs to involve everybody, from churches and local governments to the police, judicial systems, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, the media and information technologies, and the international community," he affirmed. International conference participants will include Guillermo Céspedes, Deputy Mayor and Chief of the Gang Taskforce of Los Angeles; Robert Tracy, Chief of Crime Control Strategies for the Police Department of Chicago; Arkel Benítez, Vice Minister for Prevention of Crime and Violence of Guatemala; and Oscar Naranjo, Former General Director of the National Police of Colombia, and Director of the Latin American Institute on Citizenship of the Technological System of Monterrey. Others involved in organizing the workshop included the High Commissioner for Citizen Security and Social Harmony, the Presidential Agency for Colombian International Cooperation, APC-Colombia, and the Mayor's Office of Cali.

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