The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought a significant threat to the safety, health and wellbeing of societies and communities around the world. In light of the crisis, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has recently called out for a global ceasefire and pleaded nations to focus on fighting the pandemic. Meanwhile, violent extremists across the ideological spectrum view the global pandemic as an opportunity for expansion. While COVID-19 and several measures taken by governments around the globe have contributed to the suppression of the activities of violent extremist and terrorist groups, the new “normal” created by the crisis can also play into the hands of violent extremist and terrorist groups. At UNITAR, we have looked into facts and figures and identified some important trends and possible responses, which can be found in the publication below.
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