PVE Highlights - Oct - Dec 2022

Please also find the highlights attached in a handy PDF format, for ease of access and dissemination. The PDF file includes a special Country Office feature issue that will spotlight a new PVE project. For this Quarterly issue, discover UNDP Mozambique's Trust Building towards breaking the cycle of recruitment into violent extremist groups.

Global Highlights  

  • In January, UNDP was pleased to co-sponsor the Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs, on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development.

    • The Symposium was initiated in 2015 from the initiative of faith-based partners, and the 2023 edition focused on the issue of human security, including the intersections of human security with sustainable development, durable peace, and gender justice.

    • Distinguished speakers included Ms. Ulrika Modéer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP. 

  • Between December 2022 and January 2023, two new episodes of the UNDP podcast series #ExploringExtremism were released: 

    • Episode V: Would I Lie to You? The Weaponization of social media 

    • Episode VI: Masculinities, Misogyny and Violent Extremism 

    • Tune in and listen at: PVE Portal - Podcast or on Spotify


Regional Highlights 

  • Young Creators Promoting Tolerance and Diversity - In Partnership with TikTok & EU 
    • The Creators Forward is a network of creators contributing to social cohesion by sharing positive and inspiring content promoting tolerance and diversity. In collaboration with country offices and in partnership with Tik Tok, UNDP brought together 19 creators across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in a series of masterclasses that looked at social change messaging for digital creators in Southeast Asia.  
    • Participants used their strengthened digital skills and creative thinking to produce campaigns that engage their community on diverse topics, including countering cyberbullying, celebrating cultural diversity, and gender equality, and advocating global empathy. Collectively, 91 videos were produced under this initiative with over 17.2 million views, while findings suggest an instant boost to respondents’ awareness of social cohesion.  

    • To learn more about the Creators Forward programme, please see the CF Summary Video and visit the website.

  • UNDP in Africa and the Arab States is releasing a three-part Preventing Violent Extremism report series examining the underlying drivers of violent extremism and offering new programmatic and policy responses to address them.