UNODC's Global Firearms Programme and its partners present their effort to prevent violent extremism and counter terrorism by engaging civil society in the fight against illicit firearms trafficking
17 October 2018 - In partnership with the Kingdom of Sweden, the UNODC Civil Society Team, the Global Firearms Programme (GFP) and the Terrorism Prevention Branch held a side event entitled "
Strengthening Efforts in Counter Terrorism and Addressing Illicit Firearms Trafficking through Civil Society Engagement".
Key takeaways from the event captured the following aspects:
- The importance of a multi-society approach in fighting facets of transnational organised crime such as violent extremism and illicit firearms trafficking;
- The role of civil society in addressing violent extremism conducive to terrorism;
- Vulnerability of youth to radicalisation;
- The crucial role of civil society in helping governments fight transnational organised crime and address common challenges in countering firearms trafficking;
- Civil society support and involvement to GFP activities, particularly as regards outreach and awareness raising activities as well as in conducting voluntary weapons collection campaigns as crime prevention measures.
The event, which was attended by more than 50 participants, was a unique opportunity for Member States, the United Nations, and grass root civil society to explore ways in maximizing the implementation of policy mechanisms and strategies to tackle violent extremism and organized crime, including illicit firearms trafficking, in regional contexts by building trust and partnerships between governments, law enforcement, and civil society in view of establishing regional networks on preventing violent extremism (PVE) and illicit trafficking in firearms.
Please follow the below links for more information:
Event summary at the webpage of the UNODC Civil Society Team
Presentation by the Global Firearms Programme on "The Global Firearms Programme and the Role of Civil Society Organizations