Strengthening Youth Resilience to Lower the Risk of Recruitment by Gangs and Organized Criminal Networks


12 October 2020

15:00 - 15:50 CEST

This high-level side event aims to underline the importance of prevention programmes for vulnerable youth as part of comprehensive strategies to counter gang violence and organized crime. Panelists will share experiences from Latin America on the use of innovative approaches, such as through sport, to reach young people at risk of victimization and involvement in crime. Specifically, and building on the work of UNODC, the event will highlight the use of sport as a tool to build youth and community resilience by strengthening key personal and social life skills, and by generating safe public spaces that facilitate positive youth engagement in marginalized communities.

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  • Candice Welsch, Deputy Director, Division of Operations, UNODC
  • H.E. Major General Dr. Abdullah Yousuf Al-Mal, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar


  • H.E. General (r) PNP, César Gentille Vargas, Minister of Interior, Peru
  • Liliana Pulido, Deputy Director General of the Colombian Institute for Family Welfare (ICBF), Colombia
  • Guadalupe María Bautista Calatayud, Head of Police Policy, Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection, Mexico


  • Marco Teixeira, Global Coordinator, Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC


  • Georgia Dimitropoulou, Team Leader, Crime Prevention through Sports, Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC


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