The theme of ‘urban safety and security’ encompasses a wide range of concerns and issues. These range from basic needs, such as food, health and shelter, through protection from crime and the impacts of technological and natural hazards, to collective security needs, such as protection from urban terrorism. However, only a few of these concerns and issues have been, and can be, addressed from a human settlements perspective, mainly through appropriate urban policies, planning, design and governance. For this reason, this Global Report focuses on only three major threats to the safety and security of cities: crime and violence, insecurity of tenure and forced eviction, as well as natural and humanmade disasters, including low-level chronic hazards such as road traffic accidents.