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GCSP hosts international policy dialogue on preventing violent extremism

In the context of the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism on 7-8 April, convened by the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations, the GCSP hosted an international policy dialogue with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

The dialogue session built upon the sharing of best practices among more than 60 key international, governmental and non-governmental actors and experts on innovative measures to prevent and counter violent extremism.

The meeting was also in response to a call for a follow-up to a previous international policy dialogue, which was hosted by GCSP in December 2015. That discussion was co-organised by the GCSP with the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Permanent Mission of the United States of America.

Focusing on the important roles of the United Nations and of the state, today's policy dialogue was divided into four panels:


Panel 1: What place does the prevention of violent extremism occupy in contemporary international affairs?


Prof. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Deputy Director and Academic Dean, GCSP and Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute


Mr David Harland
Executive Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Mr Eric Rosand
Director, the Prevention Project: Organizing Against Violent Extremism, USA


Panel 2: From the UNSG plan of action to national PVE plans


Dr Jehangir Khan
Director, Counter-terrorism Implementation Task-Force (CTITF), United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)


Mr Scott Weber
Director, Interpeace, Geneva

Ms Naureen Chowdhury Fink
Head of Research and Analysis, Global Center on Cooperative Security


Panel 3: What role can the promotion of human rights play in preventing violent extremism?


Mr Owen Frazer
Senior program officer in the Mediation Support Team, Center for Security Studies (CSS)


Ambassador Stephan Husy
Ambassador-at-Large for International Counter-Terrorism, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Directorate of international law DIL, Switzerland

Ms Mona Rishmawi
Chief of Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


Panel 4: Who are the target groups?


Ms Sara Sekkenes
Partnership Advisor, Conflict Prevention, UNDP, Geneva


Mr Hanny Megally
Senior Fellow, Center on International, New York University (NYU)

Dr Andrew Glazzard
Director, National Security and Resilience Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)