Global guide on security of major sporting events translated into six official UN languages

NEW YORK: The Global Guide on the Security of Major Sporting Events: Promoting Sustainable Security & Legacies produced by the “Global Programme on the Security of Major Sporting Events, and Promotion of Sport and its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism”, originally written in English, has now been translated into the other six official languages of United Nations.

The “Global Programme on the Security of Major Sporting Events, and Promotion of Sport and its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism” is initiative led by the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) in partnership with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), and International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).

The guide is now available in six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English French, Russian, and Spanish, the native languages of almost 3 billion of the world’s total population.

The Guide was launched during the Second Counter-Terrorism Week held at the United Nations in June 2021.

The 195-page Guide represents the most comprehensive in-depth analysis of the political, social, and financial dimensions to be taken into consideration by key decision-makers for the security elements of major sporting events to date.

It also provides hosting nations with a reference document showcasing all the forms of technical assistance available at the international level, as provided by international and regional organizations such as the UN, INTERPOL, the Council of Europe and the WHO, as well as sport bodies and specialized stakeholders like the ICSS.

The Global Programme is supported by the State of Qatar, the People’s Republic of China through the United Nations Peace and Development Fund (UNPDF) and the Republic of Korea.

“This is a milestone moment that the Global Guide on MSEs will reach so many decision-makers around the world, supporting the advancement of policies to mitigate the constantly evolving threats and risks posed by terrorism, hooliganism, organized crime and cybercrime,” said Massimiliano Montanari, Chief Executive Officer at ICSS.

“Having the Guide in all the official UN languages provides us with a unique opportunity towards reaching a larger share of policy and decision-makers and practitioners across nations and engage them with the political, social, and financial dimensions to be considered for the security elements of MSEs which can be a catalyst and drive positive change for host communities.”

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