Yesterday, UNOCT launched the United Nations Global Network of Experts on the Protection of Vulnerable Targets against Terrorist Attacks through an online event that gathered close to 200 senior officials, practitioners and experts from Member States, international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society, and academia.
"This is indeed a very exciting initiative, and yet an example of how researchers can provide highly relevant expertise and impact to policy processes," says PRIO Director Henrik Urdal.
The Global Network has been established in the framework of the United Nations Global Programme on Countering Terrorist Threats against Vulnerable Targets. The Programme is implemented by UNOCT in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), and in consultation with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Please see more information on UNOCT's Programme on Vulnerable Targets webpage.
This global community of experts hosted in the UNOCT Connect & Learn Platform seeks to foster synergies between experts from across the world and exchange good practices and information on the protection of vulnerable targets, including critical infrastructure and 'soft targets'. In addition to Member States' representatives, the Global Network includes expert stakeholders from academia, civil society, international and regional organizations, and the private sector. This inclusive and flexible approach allows for more enriching interactions among experts.