UNODC Previews New Global Programme on Preventing and Countering Terrorism 

Terrorism threats and trends have continued to evolve. Therefore, to stay ahead of the trends and to seize opportunities to be more effective, UNODC’s Terrorism Prevention Branch developed a new Global Programme on Preventing and Countering Terrorism (2022-2027)

The new programme will place people front and centre of its programming and mainstream human rights and accountability and will be informed by the perspectives and input by civil society, and organizations led by women, youth, and victims of terrorism, among others.

The programme corresponds to the UNODC’s Strategy (2021-2025) as well as the 7th Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

To preview the new Global Programme, UNODC’s Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) conducted a virtual high-level panel in the form of a side event on the margins of the 31st session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 17 May 2022.

The new Global Programme was shaped by consultations with over 70 Member States and a wide range of stakeholders, Global Compact entities, civil society organizations, think tanks, academic institutions and private sector organizations.

The event was opened by UNODC’s Executive Director, Under Secretary General Ghada Waly and UNOCT’s Under Secretary General Vladimir Voronkov. Mr. Masood Karimipour, Chief, UNODC/TPB moderated the event and delivered a presentation to highlight main features of the new programme. Other panellists included H.E. Dr. Helena Mateus Kida, Minister of Justice Republic of Mozambique; H.E. Mr. Stephan Klement, Head of the Delegation of the EU to the International Organizations in Vienna; Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism; and Ms. Fatima Ali Haider, Founder of the Grief Directory. 

In sum, the new programme, within UNODC’s mandates on the prevention of crime and terrorism, aims at supporting Member States to prevent and counter terrorism through inclusive strategies, policies, and practices, with a focus on prevention, and protection of people, ensuring that no one is left behind.

UNODC’s new Global Programme on Preventing and Countering Terrorism is set to be officially launched in mid-2022.