The 23rd International Safe Communities Conference

Safe Communities are an Essential Need for a Modern-Day Society

Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-12 October 2017




 Hotel Park, Novi Sad, Serbia



10-12 October 2017



National Center for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Novi Sad, Serbia


General Sponsor

Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina



City of Novi Sad


HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia


Main Partners

International Safe Community Network


European Safe Community Network


Main theme

The main theme for the 23rd International Safe Communities Conference, Safe Communities are an Essential Need for a Modern-Day Society, seeks to find new ideas and experiences to solve this actual problem and to make the world safer place. Injuries and violence are a major burden on public health worldwide.

Experts in injury prevention and safety promotion recognize the need for action and practice, and are consistently applying the policies and programs in the field. The conference will bring together the world’s leading experts, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and advocates in the field of Safe Community, Injury Prevention and Safety to debate, discuss and share information and experiences.


  • Philosophical, cultural and historical aspects of safety
  • Injuries: The analysis and the evaluation of the actual situation and strategies of prevention
  • Social dangers of the modern world: causes and approaches to prevention
  • Psychological safety – Psychological dangers in the modern world and the strategies of prevention
  • Urban safety (streets, roads, public places, workplaces, houses…)
  • Family safety
  • Safe kids, teenagers, young people
  • Safe elderly people
  • Safe handicapped persons
  • Safe sport
  • Safe traffic
  • Safe hospitals
  • Safe water and food supply
  • Ecological safety: Prevention of emergency situation and disasters
  • Information safety
  • Prevention of violence
  • Fire prevention 
  • Prevention of terrorism
  • Prevention of human trafficking
  • Other


  • English
  • Russian
  • Serbian


Important dates

  •    Deadline for abstract submission: 15 August 2017

  •    Deadline for Travelling seminar submission: 10 July 2017

  •     The 23rd International Safe Communities Conference: 10- 12 October 2017

  •     Travelling seminar: 13 October 2017

  •     Post Conference Seminar – Safe school in Safe Community: 14 October 2017

Main Concept

Injuries resulting from traffic collisions, drowning, poisoning, falls or burns and violence from assault, self-inflicted violence or acts of war kill more than five million people worldwide annually and cause harm to millions more. They account for 9% of global mortality, and are a threat to health in every country of the world. For every death, it is estimated that there are dozens of hospitalisations, hundreds of emergency department visits and thousands of doctors’ appointments. A large proportion of people surviving their injuries incurs temporary or permanent disabilities.

Injuries and violence can be studied and documented, and their causes understood and acted upon. Research has provided clear evidence that certain interventions can prevent injuries and violence, including: seat-belts, helmets and enforced blood alcohol limits to prevent road traffic injuries; child-resistant containers to prevent poisonings; home hazard modification to prevent falls among the elderly; pool fencing to reduce the risk of drowning; treatment of depression to prevent suicide; school-based educational programs to prevent intimate partner violence; home visitation programs to reduce child maltreatment.

World Health Organisation works to prevent injuries and violence, mitigate their consequences and enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities. It does so by supporting efforts to improve data collection; develop science-based approaches to prevention, control and rehabilitation; disseminate proven and promising interventions; improve services for persons with disabilities, as well as victims and survivors of injuries and violence and their families; enhance teaching and training programs; and create multidisciplinary policies and action plans.

The Safe Communities concept was originally launched as an official World Health Organisation term in their General Program in the end of the 1980’s. The co-operation between World Health Organisation and the Safe Community Movement started in 1986 and began its formal existence at the First World Conference on Accident and Injury Prevention held in Stockholm, Sweden in September 1989. In the Manifesto for Safe Communities, the resolution of the conference 1989 stated that the International Safe Community movement should work with “WHO Health for all” as a vision. The ground pillars in the Stockholm Manifesto are:

  • All human beings have an equal right to health and safety
  • Accident and injury prevention requires coordinated action by many groups
  • Health sector have a crucial role in collecting information on injured people, injury patterns, causes of injuries and hazard situations
  • Local programs must include all citizens and focus on the most vulnerable
  • Evaluation both of the process and outcome of a safety promotion program is important
  • An international development work for safe communities is necessary!

This is a fundamental aspect of the World Health Organisation’s Health for All strategy and for the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on Accident Prevention and Injury Control.

This premise has led to community action around the world – actions leading to develop “Safe Communities”. Safe communities are communities determined to work as models for other communities.

All International Safe Communities serve as models for other communities. According to investigations and research the injuries decrease by more than 25 % every year in Safe Communities.

The Safe Community initiative differs in comparison to other injury prevention programs. In an International Safe Community, the community itself plays the leading role. The term Safe Community implies that the community work for increased safety in a structured approach, not that the community is already perfectly safe. Creative methods of education, physical planning and environmental change joined with appropriate regulations and enforcement are an important beginning for the safety of a community. An International Safe Community use the traditional means of control such such as economic, regulations and governing by objectives and visions. No single approach is sufficient for changing existing behaviour patterns. Heightening of public awareness is also very import.

Programs to prevent and control injuries and accidents must identify and characterise the injury problem and evaluate the effectiveness of injury control interventions. Though epidemiology is not the soul of the safe communities concept, the vital importance of it must be respected.

Characteristic for an International Safe Community is not only that the community and the leadership in the community are managing the Safe Community program. The program is also broad and include promotion and prevention of all kinds of injuries such as injuries of accidents, violence and suicide. It also embrace  prevention of the consequences.

The World Health Organisation has been interested in preventing injuries from accidents, disasters, and social threats seeing that the group injury causes losses and is deteriorating day by day. It has a policy to enhance safety (Safety Promotion) and the “safety” is essential to maintaining public health.

Therefore, safety is a basic necessity that is designated as the safety of the public should have been conducted by the government by promoting:

  • The community has a right to live safely alongside with technological developments.
  • The Community shall have equality in social management to enhance safety.
  • The community has a right to participate in making decisions and manage the environment for community to achieve safety purpose.
  • The community has a right to acknowledge the danger and risk of injuries so that the public authorities and manufacturers of hazardous products have the responsibility to disseminate it to the public.
  • The community has a right to make decisions of operating to promote safe community.
  • The community has a right to have operational skills of injury prevention and safety promotion.

The World Health Organisation has tried to lead “Safe Community” project with a principle to promote community-centered to participate in solutions that meet community needs, including the use of local resources and budgets, to support for decentralisation and strengthening of local authorities with a better way to manage the community, to have a vision to create social network, social welfare, and safety of community.

A “Safe Community” can be a: municipality; a county; a city or a district of a city working with safety promotion, Injury-, Violence- and Suicide- prevention and prevention of the consequences (human injuries) related to natural disaster, covering all age groups, gender and areas and is a part of an international network of accredited programs.

There are 7 indicators to certify a safe community as follows:

  1. An infrastructure based on partnership and collaborations, governed by a cross- sectional group that is responsible for safety promotion in their community
  2. Long-term, sustainable programs covering both genders and all ages, environments, and situations
  3. Programs that target high-risk groups and environments, and programs that promote safety for vulnerable groups
  4. Programs that are based on the available evidence
  5. Programs that document the frequency and causes of injuries
  6. Evaluation measures to assess their programs, processes and the effects of change
  7. Ongoing participation in national and international Safe Communities networks.

In addition, it also set up a Safety Community Network to exchange knowledge and experience of safe community continuously. A basic principle is to be accepted as a member in safe communities.

While the movement was growing started a quality management programme leading to a peer review system where the leading communities (now about 370) were labelled International Safe Communities.


Mirjana Milankov

Professor Mirjana Milankov, MD, PhD
+381 65 83 93 111



Srdjan Teodorovic


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