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Project Description

The Security for Major Events Program aims to establish and promote a permanent mechanism of cooperation involving all OAS Member States with particular regard to security planning and the protection of Major Events. It draws on the extensive experience and well-established regional networks of the Inter American Committee against Terrorism of the Organization of American States (OAS/SMS/CICTE) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), materialized in the National Focal Points network (NFPs). The main aim of this project is to boost new mechanisms, tools, and activities to facilitate, through the CICTE/UNICRI’s “IPO Americas” joint initiative, a broad cooperative international framework for the protection of Major Events, enhance community safety, and prevent crime and terrorism.

The program further seeks to design, develop, and implement a Knowledge Management System (KMS) - a tool to exchange information and knowledge which will be accessible to all National Focal Points (NFPs). This tool and the overall project will support host-countries plan security for these extremely challenging events and put into practice the existing IPO Americas mutual cooperation frameworks, update planning instruments, enhance cooperation among public institutions and between the private and public sectors, promote the design of a regional training manual, and exploit opportunities to create networks of training centers in the region.