The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) are pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership with the European Union’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments for a joint multi-year project to prevent violent extremism in Southeast Asia.
This partnership builds on the networks, approaches, and expertise established during the first phase of an 18-month EU-UNDP PVE project, also implemented in Southeast Asia. The project’s second iteration brings on board UNOCT as a key partner to coordinate global and regional PVE efforts and to contribute with the delivery of technical assistance activities.
Given that the COVID-19 crisis’ social and economic impact could increase the conditions conducive to terrorism, this project will incorporate development approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism in order to respond to and mitigate such risks.
Leveraging UNDP’s field presence and longstanding partnerships with multi-sectoral stakeholders and UNOCT’s coordination and capacity-building mandates, the project will work closely with government counterparts, community leaders, civil society organizations and relevant regional and international organizations. The project will play a key role in supporting states’ response to the pandemic and the threat of violent extremism that can lead to terrorism, and will also build and strengthen the resilience of at-risk communities.