25 August 2021: Research Conference on using Human Security to Prevent Violent Extremism
The UNTFHS-supported programme ‘Tackling the threat of violent extremism and its impact on human securities in East Java’ hosted a two-day Virtual National Research Conference entitled ‘Promoting the Human Security Approach in Leveraging Research, Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and Gender Equality in Indonesia’.
The conference served as an opportunity for PVE practitioners, civil society organizations, academics and researchers, think-tanks, policymakers, the private sector, gender stakeholders, development partners, and the UN system to share research findings, best practices and lessons learned from the field through the human security approach and how these can contribute to effective design of future PVE interventions. Speakers, including the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Ms. Valerie Julliand, strongly emphasized the importance of the human security approach and highlighted its significance as the means to build peaceful and inclusive societies based on a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and whole-of-society framework. The conference also provided the participants with an opportunity to discuss enhanced collaboration to advance the PVE agenda in Indonesia.
The UNTFHS-supported programme in Indonesia, locally known as the ‘Guyub project’, is implemented jointly by UNODC, UN Women and UNDP, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in Indonesia. It applies the human security approach to deliver a comprehensive, prevention-focused initiative that is people-centred, driven by community stakeholders and reinforced at the national level. Utilizing human security, the programme also empowers the civil society and communities, including women, youth and persons with disabilities to play a key role in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). The primary focus is East Java, Indonesia, although the programme includes complementary national and regional interventions.
Read more about the programme in Indonesia on our programme page or the programme’s dedicated site un-guyub.id.