Tehran, as the biggest city of Iran, has established a secretariat as well as policymaking council and strategic committees in order to join the world’s safe cities.
According to the existing plans, Tehran will achieve the needed standard level within the next three years and will become the first safe metropolis of the world.
Tehran.ir quoted Ali Shams, director of the health bureau of Tehran Municipality and secretary of the Safe Society Policymaking Council as saying that a safe society seeks to create a new approach to people’s notions about pathologic states in the society.
“The change in people’s attitude would be possible through constant education based on the basic beliefs of every society and this would not be possible unless by promoting people’s awareness and bringing about sustainable coordination among social institutions,” he said.
Tehran Municipality has been actively making plans in this regard since 2007 and a number of strategic and planning committees have been set up which are trying to turn Tehran into the world’s first safe metropolis by 2011.
Plans made by Tehran Municipality to achieve high safety standards took on more momentum concurrent with the 16th international conference on safe society. The international conference opened in Tehran on June 11, 2007 and lasted for three days. The 16th conference was held for the first time in the Middle East in Iran and was attended by relevant specialists from across the world whose motto was “safe path hinges on national determination”.
Addressing the closing ceremony of the conference, Tehran Mayor Dr. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf noted that the Fourth Economic Development Plan has predicted indicators of a safe society like importance of healthy human being in development plans, empowerment of the society, qualitative boost of the society, qualitative promotion of social environment and increased security of roads and vehicles.
He expressed hope that through cooperation of all social sectors and active participation of people in addition to taking advantage of international experiences, good grounds would be provided for rendering suitable services in this field so that, Tehran would be listed among safe cities of the world in the near future.
Therefore, Distinct 22 of Tehran was chosen for the pilot plan. Afterwards, strategic committee of safe society of District 22 was established in Tehran. It was preceded by a national workshop on prevention of accidents with a view to increasing children’s safety which was held on October 16 and 17, 2007. During the workshop, which was attended by Dr. Salazar, head of the representative office of UNICEF, he addressed the participants and explained the results of his studies on children in Vietnam.
Dr. Moghisi, member of the safe society policymaking council who also heads accident prevention department of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, noted that “large-scale program has been considered to educate people and drivers, boost safety of vehicles, and improve quality of roads.”
He added that continued dissemination of needed information by educating special groups, preparing and distributing publicity teasers, seasonal maneuvers, increasing emergency aid bases and the number of ambulances, and educating personnel of relief centers were major programs to be carried out.
It should be noted that apart from living facilities, cities are places where untoward accidents occur. Making cities secure has been focus of attention by local and regional managers. In fact, governments and local managers in many countries are trying to provide such environmental conditions that would ensure safety and health of citizens. Safe Societies Foundation was established in Toronto, Canada, in 1996 following the death of a 19-year-old boy. At present, the global network of safe society is being expanded under the oversight of the World Health Organization (WHO). Thus far, 127 cities have obtained needed standards to accede to that society. The city of Kashmar in Khorasan province was accepted as the 115th member of the network in 2007.