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Putting the Action in Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) National Action Plans

Geneva Peace Week Event

Part of the Geneva Peace Week

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As 2017 comes to a close, there is more recognition than ever before that the scourge of violent extremism can’t be defeated by governments alone, and that civil society efforts are paramount to building community resilience to violent extremism. But how can these sectors work together to address this complex, sensitive, and oftentimes taboo issue? The 2016 UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism called on UN Member States to “consider developing a national plan of action to prevent violent extremism which sets national priorities for addressing the local drivers of violent extremism and complements national counter-terrorism strategies where they already exist.” Several states have completed their plans and commenced implementation; others are in the design phase; and still others have yet to begin.

Now is the time for International Geneva to explore how PVE National Action Plans can achieve an all-of-society approach, and how to support civil society for effective design and implementation – with particular attention to the undervalued contributions of women and youth to PVE.

Participants will engage with expert discussants from across the globe, representing civil society, government, and/or multilateral organisations. Join us for this special three-hour event, which includes a 30-minute informal networking session to facilitate exchange and learning.

Session 1: Achieving an All-of-Society Approach through Multisectoral Engagement 

This session will focus on designing nationally owned PVE National Action Plans (NAPs). With the participation of panelists and discussants from civil society, government, and/or multilateral organizations, this session will address how to:

  1. Encourage holistic PVE NAPs to complement Rule of Law counterterrorism (CT) responses, informed by a content analysis of existing and draft NAPs for their attention to topics vital to PVE, yet often overlooked in PVE and CT policy (e.g., economics, education, good governance, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, mental health, youth empowerment).
  2. Raise awareness of the core elements of good practice for NAP development and implementation, including the importance of, and strategies for, working with relevant nongovernment actors – especially those at the community level – and non-security sector government entities (e.g., ministries of education, gender, health, labor, religious affairs, sports, and youth).

This session will be moderated by Ms Carol Mottet, with Mr Alistair Millar, Dr Jide Okeke and Ms Catherine Udide delivering the presentations respectively.


Session 2: Supporting Civil Society for Effective Design and Implementation

This session will elaborate on the importance of civil society and community-level responses, with particular attention to the undervalued contributions of women and youth to PVE. Discussants will include independent civil society actors working at the national and subnational levels who will share:

  1. Cases highlighting different types of civil society engagement in the design and implementation of PVE NAPs. 
  2. Good practices and lessons learned for ensuring substantive civil society participation in the design and implementation of PVE NAPs, including models for resourcing grassroots initiatives.

This session will be moderated by Dr Khalid Koser, with Ms Hamsatu Allamin and Ms Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini delivering the presentations respectively.

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