Are you a young person or a civil society organization (CSO) that wants to make a positive difference in your community and the world?
Do you want to join a global network of youth and CSOs that are working together to make the world safer from terrorism and violent extremism?
Do you want to design and lead the change that you think is best for your community and country?
We at UNODC want to work together with young people to design and implement youth-led action for a world safer from terrorism and violence.
This new initiative aims to empower youth leaders and youth-led organizations to prevent and respond to terrorism and violent extremism in their communities, regions, and beyond. The programme is based on the recognition that young people are often best placed to imagine and realize the change that their communities need.
The programme will provide participating young people and youth-led organizations with opportunities to:
Visibility and recognition for achievements and contributions
The programme is open to youth-lead organizations who want to be actively involved in designing and leading action for communities, and countries safer from terrorism and violence. You can click the link on the WhatsOn platform to register your organization to be one of the members in our network!
Youth-led organizations should be legally registered and have a mandate and track record in working on preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism. This is a global initiative and is open to participation from anywhere in the world where there is a need for more safety from terrorism and violent extremism.
When registering on WhatsOn, please select tags #Youth-led/youth-focused and #PVE/Terrorism Prevention.
You can also engage with the initiative by joining the Youth-led Board which will play a pivotal role in the selection and oversight of projects that receive UNODC grants to implement PVE projects!
Eligible candidates should be between 18 and 29 years old at the time of application, and have a demonstrated interest in working towards outcomes that contribute to more safety from, and resilience to, terrorism and violent extremism.
Take action NOW to apply to be one of the board member by 16 October 2023. Register here: https://bit.ly/3EQ6P0Q
The United Nations is a Member States-driven organization and this initiative is in support of achieving commitments made in international agreements, including for example in a recently agreed resolution on UNODC’s work on terrorism in May 2023:
Encourages civil society, including non-governmental organizations, to engage, as appropriate, in efforts to enhance the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, including through interaction with Member States and the United Nations system, encourages Member States and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to continue engagement with civil society in accordance with its mandate, to support the role of civil society actors in the design, implementation and monitoring of the Strategy, and encourages Member States to create and maintain an enabling environment for civil society, including a legal framework that protects and promotes human rights, in accordance with international human rights law;
Underscoring the importance of a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, stressing the importance of relevant stakeholders, including civil society, in supporting and complementing the efforts of Member States in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism conducive to terrorism, and in this regard encouraging the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and youth in this process,
Our collaboration with civil society organizations will be done in this context and with the support of, and partnership with, Member States.