158th Safe Community in the world
2nd Safe Community in Vojvodina, in Serbia, in South-East Europe
Novi Sad is the administrative, economic, cultural, scientific and touristic centre of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the second largest city in Serbia. Seen from above, City of Novi Sad reveals itself as a city located in a vast plain, spacious and open to all directions. Fortress of Petrovaradin, a historical site, is situated on the right bank of the River Danube.The tall building of Central Post Office, massive construction of Spens Sports Centre, immense headquarter of Petroleum Industry of Serbia and elegant oval edifice of Banovina (a seat of Executive Council of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina) are situated on the left (http://www.novisad.rs/eng).
What eyes could also perceive are green oases embodied in City parks, with labyrinth of streets and alleys meandering around them and cut across with wide and straight boulevards. Moreover, there is the Danube as an unsymmetrical, potent axe of the City, embraced with long quay and Strand, the most beautiful city beach along the Danube. In addition to that, there are the bridges that Novi Sad once lost, but that are re-built from scratch. And there will be plenty of them, quite soon. Seen in terms of our planet, City perfectly fits into a rich tradition of Pannonian Basin, in which everything is prone to grow, from well-preserved Secession to Post-modern architecture.
Nowadays, a widely recognizable symbol of the City is Exit Festival, while in the past, and even so today that place has been reserved for the Serbian cultural institutions: Matica srpska – the oldest cultural-scientific institution of Serbia, Serbian National Theatre, Sterijino pozorje Theatre Festival…(http://www.novisad.rs/eng/novi-sad-today). Furthermore, our City, in contrast to many other European destinations, has the reputation, by full right, of a multinational, multicultural and multi-confessional metropolis in which all differences are seen as advantages.
The witnesses to that are Novi Sad Theatre/Újvidéki Színház and University of Novi Sad with 19 faculties and specialized departments at which the lectures are held in languages of national minorities or were founded with that purpose. Still, there are so many other things that represent a daily, lively routine of Novi Sad. Seen in terms of our Republic, Novi Sad is a capital of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, second largest city in Republic of Serbia with the population between 300,000 and 400,000 citizens.
The language of economy would confirm that Novi Sad is the most up-and-coming city in modern Serbia, with great potential, not only because it has the highest budget per capita, but because of well-prepared development projects. Seen in political terms – it comprises of well structured Administration led by the representatives of democratic coalition, gathered around the joint slogan: “For pro-European Novi Sad”.Finally, seen from citizens’ perspective, by no means less important, on the contrary, one sees Novi Sad as a community which could be proud of its 300-year history whose imprints are still visible and radiant, but at the same time provide a peaceful and dynamic life despite the forthcoming and omnipresent things from technologically and differently set 21st century.
Novi Sad is connected to the region with road and railway routes as well as waterways. It is in the centre of a highway network connecting Northeastern and Eastern Europe to the Middle and Far East, as well as Central and Northern Europe to the ports of the Adriatic Sea. The city lies on the European Corridor 10 which connects eight countries on its main route from Salzburg to Thessaloniki, and another six countries with its side routes. The European Corridor 7, or the Danube River waterway, connects Western European countries to the Black Sea.
Novi Sad is also connected with the Danube – Tisa – Danube canal system, which enables navigation from the Central Europe to the Black Sea. Novi Sad is located on 1,225th kilometer of the Danube flow. The river is wide here and it forms numerous islands, inlets and sandbanks. The City celebrates its Day on February 1st, which commemorates the event of 1748 when it received its first charter of a free royal town. The charter was issued and signed by Empress Maria Therezia, who granted the City a high degree of autonomy within the Habsburg Empire. The citizens of Novi Sad are fully aware of this. The others have yet to discover it. (http://www.novisad.rs/eng/gallery).
Signing a agreement with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, the City of Novi Sad was designated as a Safe Community on June 23rd, 2009 (http://www.novisad.rs/eng/city-novi-sad-safe-community).
The agreement was signed by: Chair of the Novi Sad Safe Community Council Sasa Igic, PhD, Deputy Mayor of Novi Sad; State Secretary Tomislav Stantic, MD, on behalf of Minister of Health, professor Tomica Milosavljevic, MD, PhD; Mirjana Milankov, MD, PhD, leader of the Safe Community for Serbia; Dragan Jovanovic, PhD, Leader of the Safe Community City of Novi Sad; Bo Henricson, PhD, supervisor of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.In the reception hall of the Novi Sad City Hall, on designation ceremony was presence of more than 100 guests from Serbia and abroad.
The Novi Sad City Council, on the 44th session held March 2nd, 2009, (Article 52, Point 11 of the Novi Sad statute – cleansed text – Official Gazette of Novi Sad, number 43/2008), drew a Conclusion on the Inclusion of the City of Novi Sad, together with the Novi Sad National Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, as a partner, in the International Safe Communities Network. In order to perform the tasks from the Conclusion, the Novi Sad City Council, in cooperation with the Novi Sad National Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, formed the Novi Sad Safe Community Council, an expert working body of the Novi Sad City Council (Official Gazette of Novi Sad, number 9/2009).
Pursuant to the Conclusion, the City of Novi Sad is obliged to enable the implementation of international indicators of Safe Communities (http://isccc.global/indicators-that-must-be-fulfilled).
The tasks of Novi Sad Safe Community Council are: – to carry out the activities for implementing the International indicators for Safe Communities; – to create conditions for accreditation of the City of Novi Sad as a Safe Community, according to the criteria; – to declaire the City of Novi Sad as a Safe Community, together with the representatives of the WHO Collaborating Centre Community Safety Promotion, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (http://isccc.global/community/novi-sad/123).