Workshop at UNICRI HQs
Discussing efforts and challenges to dealing with terrorism

Turin, 17 April 2008. UNICRI: Addressing Radicalization and Extremism that Lead to Terrorism

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), has held a workshop at the United Nations Campus in Turin to share and discuss efforts and challenges to dealing with terrorism, specifically addressing radicalization and extremism that lead to terrorism.

Terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. A central tenet of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy is the need to address issues that promote extremism and recruitment to terrorism. UNICRI is jointly leading the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Working Group on ‘Addressing Radicalization and Extremism that Lead to Terrorism’.

The workshop involved experts/practitioners from Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  Also present were: the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); International Crisis Group (ICG); Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IESCO); Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies; Max Planck Institute; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (King’s College London); and Pittsburgh State University.

The United Nations was represented by UNICRI, the UNCTITF Working Group on ‘Addressing Radicalization and Extremism that Lead to Terrorism’ and the Monitoring Team of the Security Council 1267 Committee.

The workshop fostered relationships between Member States, institutions, and organizations with a view to understanding measures relating to radicalization and de-radicalization issues.

The main focus was a comprehensive mapping of Member State initiatives designed to de-radicalize those who support terrorist groups and addressing issues that promote extremism and recruitment to terrorism. The main outcomes of the workshop included offering Member States assistance in identifying how radicalization and extremism may lead to terrorism and offering Member States ideas for undermining the appeal of today’s terrorism.

Mr Sandro Calvani, UNICRI Director said, ‘UNICRI is a driving force in the international fight against terrorism. This workshop has contributed greatly to the overall understanding of conditions conducive to radicalization, and to initiatives taken by Member States to counter such activities’.

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