UNDP is hosting its third “Oslo” global conference on preventing violent extremism (PVE) under the theme, Tides of change: emerging trends in violent extremism and the future of prevention.
Two earlier conferences, in 2016 and 2018, similarly brought together a global community to create a common understanding of what could be learnt from the past to inform future work on PVE.
The digital conference will be held between 14-16th June 2021 with the aim to strengthen policy and programming and evaluate whether current approaches to preventing violent extremism are fit-for-purpose through heightening understanding of how violent extremism has evolved since Oslo II and since COVID-19 altered the global landscape.The conference will bring together participants from the global PVE community including academia, civil society, the private sector, think-tanks, governments, the UN system, and partners at country level.
On 15th June from 11-12 CEST (other time zones), there will be a session on: Enabling Conditions for Providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Programming for Prevention of Violent Extremism – Examples from Central Asia.
In this event, the audience will gain an understanding of different application opportunities of MHPSS in PVE through examples from UNDP in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan which includes online psychosocial counselling of youth, psychosocial support training to probation officers, and mentorship support in apprenticeship schemes. These examples will open up for an expert panel discussion on key considerations for programming, including creating the appropriate conditions for providing, monitoring and evaluating MHPSS in PVE.
Read more about the session and the speakers on the website here.