Join VibeLab for the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forums’ first-ever program on the Urban Night.

Rethinking Urban Safety, Wellbeing, and Community Through Culture After Dark

This year at  (WUF11) in Katowice Poland, in partnership with The European Forum for Urban Security (Efus), The Women in Cities Initiative (WICI), UN Habitat-Safer Cities, The City of Katowice, Safetipin and the Global Parliament of Mayors, VibeLab is hosting two key events that will examine a holistic approach to safer urban nights, showcase good practices from cities and cultural creators around the world, and finally, launch VibeLab and UN-Habitat Safer Cities’ new SAFETY LAB, with clear opportunities for involvement and further engagement.

  1. Night Walk: Exploring nighttime safety through a gender-equitable lens
    In partnership with UN-Habitat, Efus, WICI, Safetipin and many more
    Sunday 26th June 21.00- 23.00
    Start: main entrance to Spodek, Wojciecha Korfantego 35, 40-005 Katowice, Poland
    End: Mariacka Street.
  1. Good Nights (WUF Networking Event session NE87: VibeLab/Efus) 
    Rethinking Urban Safety, Wellbeing, and Community Through Culture After Dark
    Tuesday 28th June, 16:30-18:00
    World Urban Forum: Multifunction Hall Room 7
    Speaker Info
  1. ​​Nighttime networking mixer
    Tuesday 28th June, 19:00-21:00
    Maly Kredens, Świętego Stanisława, 40-014 Katowice, Poland 
    Please join us after the panel for an informal mixer to continue the conversation over drinks.
    Please feel free to invite additional guests and let us know if you can come here.

It is impossible to consider safety in cities without thinking about the night— yet for too long the topic of the night has been neglected in urban forums. This is the first time the UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum (WUF11), has concentrated its discourse and activities on improving the night in cities. 

The WUF was established in 2001 by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. 

The Night Walk, Katowice, Poland 

In collaboration with UN-Habitat Safer Cities with Efus, WICI, and the Indian safety at night app Safetipin, we took a night walk around Katowice to discuss nighttime safety through a gender-equitable lens. We expected dozens of people to show up, but in the end, there were more than 200!

Using the My Safetipin app, with Katowice as a testing ground, this night walk crowd-sourced information on women and gender minorities’ lived experience of the night, and used the city as a case study to learn about mobility and safety for the vulnerable – and thus the wellbeing of all.  

This walk used a simple and powerful, multilingual technical tool to gather insights from Katowice residents and visitors alike, followed by an open discussion with safety and nighttime practitioners from around the world on the topics of mitigating unsafe nights, creating safer public spaces and improving mobility for all. 

Participants of the Night walk in Katowice

Good Nights: Rethinking Urban Safety, Wellbeing, and Community Through Culture After Dark

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 16:30-18:00 Multifunction Hall Room 7

This event is the first session in WUF history with a focus on urban nighttime. Co-presented by VibeLab, European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) and the Efus Women in Cities Initiative (WICI), the Global Parliament of Mayors, and UN-Habitat Safer Cities. 

Moderated by Juma Assiago from UN-Habitat Nairobi, and Diana Raiselis from VibeLab, Berlin, will be joined by: 

  • Barbara Holtmann, Director, Fixed Africa/Advisor for Women in Cities Initiative (Efus), South Africa 
  • Emilija Gaidyte, Night Economy Commission Member, City of Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Lewamm Ghebremariam, Board Member/Awareness & Diversity Department Lead, Berlin, Clubcommission, Germany
  • Mathieu Grondin, Co-Founder, MTL 24-24, Canada
  • Moritz Kuebart, Speaker, Deputy Mayor’s Office, City of Mannheim, Germany
  • rafi, Co-Founder, TS Raver, Germany

    Virtual contributions from:
  • Michael Rodrigues, 24 Hour Economy Commissioner, Sydney Australia 
  • Thierry Charlois, Project manager on nightlife policy- City of Paris 
  • Jess Scully, Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia 


Through a series of lightning talks, followed by panel discussion and exchange between panellists and members of the Global Parliament of Mayors, this session will seek to establish a shared definition and understanding of “safer nights,” and then showcase examples of good practices from cities worldwide. In addition to this contributors will be asked to propose potential indicators that can provide deeper insight into urban safety and security beyond traditional crime metrics. As UN-Habitat’s Urban Safety Monitor continues to evolve, these proposed metrics will feed directly into Lab activities of generating and validating new indicators for urban safety and wellbeing.

Next Steps:

Register for The World Urban Forum in Katowice here for free: here

To arrange interviews with Diana Raiselis please email