Today, over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. This is projected to reach 75% by 2050. Shifting migration patterns related to rural–urban migration, conflict and climate change makes cities more diverse. At the same time, population growth means the demographic profile of city inhabitants will be younger. As cities continue to grow in economic importance, this diversity will give context to cities as centres of technological and social innovation. As the urban landscape becomes increasingly digital, communities will either flourish or crumble under direction taken now.
With the Stockholm Security Conference on Secure Cities, SIPRI is inviting world-leading experts and practitioners to Stockholm to talk about urban security and insecurity: problems and responses, challenges and opportunities, knowledge gaps and lessons learned, and best practice. The 2017 conference will put emphasis on cities of the Global South and will seek to reach an even larger global audience through more intensive outreach activities before, during and after the event.