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Youth crime prevention. Speech by Ambassador Stefano Baldi at a seminar on a OSCE project in the Western Balkans

YCP side event 23 May 2023

Ambassador Stefano Baldi spoke today at a seminar organised by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department on the sidelines of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention Criminal Justice, dedicated to promoting a whole-of-society approach to youth crime prevention.

Drawing on the experience of the OSCE, the seminar explored how to prevent youth crime and the tools to enable young people to overcome the challenges and vulnerabilities they face. In particular, the seminar shared the experience of an OSCE project funded by Italy in the Western Balkans and focused on three pillars: youth participation, civil society involvement, and regional cooperation.

Recalling that on 23 May Italy commemorates the anniversary of the Capaci bombing and the example of magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in the fight against the mafia, Ambassador Stefano Baldi emphasised the importance of a whole-of-society approach to youth crime prevention, which also includes youth education and awareness-raising activities, not only to ensure the safety and security of our communities, but also to give young people the skills and confidence they need to make positive choices and become active citizens.

The event was also attended by representatives of the Italian association Libera, which collaborates with the OSCE in the implementation of the project.

OSCE hosts side event on whole-of-society approach to youth crime prevention