Side Event, UN Counter-terrorism Week

NEW YORK, Friday, June 29

We are pleased to invite you to the joint UNESCO-HSC-UNOY Side Event on “A Human Security and Youth Leadership Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism: Examples from Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, The Netherlands and Tunisia”, to be held on Friday 29 June from 1.15 pm – 2.30 pm. The event is co-hosted by the by Permanent Missions of Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

This event will bring together young practitioners from Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, The Netherlands and Tunisia to discuss the issues they have encountered in their work contributing to the Prevention of Violent Extremism on the ground. In a panel moderated by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) they will discuss concrete examples of the work they are doing in their communities, good practices, as well as lessons learned. Furthermore, they will share recommendations for policymakers on issues important to them as young practitioners. UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, will provide the closing remarks.

The event will take place in English.

For more details, see here. Read the concept note here

Online RSVP before 22 June – click here


LAUNCH OF NEW RESEARCH REPORT: Understanding the Drivers of ‘De-risking’ and the Impact on Civil Society Organizations

London, June 6, 2018


Non-profit organizations (NPOs) around the world are impacted by issues of financial access – inordinate delays in cash transfers, onerous due-diligence requirements, inability to open bank accounts and arbitrary closure of bank accounts – collectively classed as ‘de-risking’ activities by financial institutions. This study examines the drivers of this de-risking, situating it at the intersection of frameworks for security and regulation. It looks at how global regulations on money laundering and terrorism financing, for instance, permeate policymaking, influencing institutions (perversely, at times) and negatively impacting humanitarian and development work. By delving into the practices and perspectives of relevant stakeholders –  NPOs, financial institutions, governments, regulators and international organizations – the study unpicks the mechanisms of governance and accountability involved in and through the chain of decision-making, underscoring the policy incoherence that is manifest along the way. The three country contexts chosen for the research – Brazil, Mexico and Ireland – help amplify the complexity of the issue and the potential search for solutions. Ongoing remedial measures addressing the financial exclusion of NPOs are highlighted and potential remedies that could challenge the current practice of de-risking are explored in detail.

The report will be officially launched at the Open Society Foundation’s offices in London on Wednesday, June 6.