Part of the Geneva Peace Week
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:
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:
Suggested preparatory readings:
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