New York, 22 January 2009. UNICRI laboratory on Security Governance and Counter Terrorism (SGCT)presented its activity and briefed the Member States, on the action undertaken during the “Innovative Policies to advance Security Governance” conference held yesterday 22 January at UN headquarters in New York.
A number of contributions from policy makers, senior officials of international and regional organisations and relevant representatives of the academia and the private sector followed the opening remarks of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UNICRI Director Sandro Calvani. Among the others, Francesco Cappé, Head of the UNICRI Laboratory, Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Planning and Chairman of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, John Howie, Director of the Office of International Affairs at Microsoft, Kerry Kennedy, founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, Anatoly Safonov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Assaf Biderman, Associate Director of the MIT sensible City Laboratory.
During the Press Briefing on the Conference, attention was drawn to three main partnership initiated by UNICRI: the SGCT Laboratory is to open its new liaison office within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Boston, on assisting cities in developing strategies for improving urban security; with the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation is launching a new program on activities for dialogue and innovation within the newborn UNICRI Center in Lucca, Italy; and, finally, the International Permanent Observatory on Security during major events (IPO) will be soon develop in Lisbon, Portugal, ne initiatives. Carlo Ratti of the SENSEable City Laboratory of MIT and Ms. Kerry Kennedy also attended the press briefing as well as Mr.Francesco Cappé.
The Laboratory, launched by UNICRI in May 2008, is a UN facility that develops initiatives to face emerging security threats, such as radicalisation, urban security, radiological and nuclear material.