The UPF delegation with Ms. Mara Cerdeiro, Senior Programme Officer of the Partnerships and Management Support Unit (PMSU).
The UPF delegation with Mr. Alessandro Pirisi, UNSSC’s Peace & Security Hub.
The UPF delegation with Ms. Marina Mazzini, Communication and External Relations Officer for UNICRI.

On 11th March, 2024, Mr. Carlo Zonato, Mr. Franco Ravaglioli, Ms. Maria Gabriella Mieli, and Mr. Michele Pavan, respectively, President; Vice President; External and International Relations Officer; and Ambassador for Peace of Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Italy, convened with representatives from three United Nations entities at the UNICRI building on the UN Campus in Turin.  These entities were the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC).  All three agencies expressed their interest in UPF Italy, especially UNICRI.

These consultations represented an important opportunity to exchange information on  mutual mandates and objectives.  Above all, on the priorities of a very difficult historical period such as ours, when dialogue and peace must be pursued with more effort, by joining forces and building bridges.

In the meeting with ITCILO, Ms. Mara Cerdeiro, Senior Programme Officer of the Partnerships and Management Support Unit (PMSU), elaborated on ITCILO’s involvement in job training (at policy level).  This training  is conducted  both on Campus and remotely as well as directly in the countries concerned.  The organisation offers daily, weekly and master’s or university courses, with the latter often developed in collaboration with universities.  ITCILO also offers services for institutional development and for training providers and manages large training projects in partnership with national and international institutions.  The organisation expressed its interest in intercultural training models and in information sharing about training and contacts.

The last meeting was with UNICRI, represented by Ms. Marina Mazzini, in charge of Communication and External Relations.  Ms. Mazzini presented UNICRI’s research, training and technical cooperation activities in the field of crime prevention and justice.  She explained how the training focuses on preventing violent extremism and illicit trafficking.  On Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nucleur (CBRN) risk mitigation.  On the risks and opportunities of technological advancement (including artificial intelligence).  Efforts are devoted to enhancing knowledge and awareness on peace and security-related issues.  Hence, there could be a chance of organising events bringing together different people and organisations.  Also being explored is the possibility of involving young advocates and influencers to raise awareness on certain issues.  UNICRI has already established several networks with NGOs in various countries, to enhance community resiliency.

A common point emerged from these meetings: the need to continue developing synergies to build a culture of peace, through respect for human rights, justice, equality, access to opportunities and, ultimately, development.  In an increasingly interconnected and complex world, it is necessary to join forces.  UPF Italy expressed its willingness to promote these points as well as the work and initiatives of these entities, through its magazine “Voci di Pace”.

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