This event brings together young practitioners from Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, The Netherlands and Tunisia to discuss common issues they have encountered in their work contributing to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) on the ground. It is organized on the occasion of the sixth review of the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy Review and the High-Level Conference for Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, by the Human Security Collective (HSC) and UNESCO together with the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) and the Canadian and Dutch Permanent Missions to the UN.
These young leaders are active in the areas of peacebuilding, youth empowerment and mentoring. Their work ranges from on-the-ground mentoring of young people through after-school educational, artistic and sport programs, to fostering dialogue and mediation through debate and advocacy. Some are active in research and engagement with local and national decision-makers on the topic of PVE while others play an active role in peacebuilding initiatives in their community. From these different experiences and backgrounds, they bring valuable insights on concerns of young people in their communities as well as on the positive role of young people as active agents for change in the society.
This side event also builds on findings from the recently published Progress Study on UNSCR 2250 “The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security” – and tackles more specifically the theme of the third session of the High Level Conference, namely strengthening global action to prevent violent extremism, including by engaging youth and preventing misuse of new technologies and the Internet by terrorists.
The event will take the form of an exchange with six young leaders working, in various ways, on contributing to preventing violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, The Netherlands and Tunisia, moderated by Lorraine Degruson, UNOY's Leading Coordinator.
The young leaders will discuss concrete examples of the work they are doing contributing to peacebuilding, good practices, as well as lessons learned. They will share recommendations on issues important to them as young practitioners.
UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, will then provide the closing words.