Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism - Media Advisory

Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward

Media Advisoy

Co-hosted by the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations, the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward will take place on 7 and 8 April 2016 at the United Nations Office in Geneva (Room XX).

Building upon the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and the formal debate of the General Assembly on 12 and 16 February 2016, the Geneva Conference will provide an opportunity for the international community to share experiences and good practices in addressing the drivers of violent extremism and to build support for the Plan of Action.

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to a meeting of senior experts on key issues related to the prevention of violent extremism. The second day will be the high-level segment of the Conference, which will be opened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland, followed by interventions at the ministerial level. Heads of international and regional organisations and heads of UN agencies will also participate in the discussions on action at the national, regional and global level during the day.  

The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will hold a media stake-out following the morning session on 8 April 2016 at 1 p.m.

On Tuesday 5 April, at 9:45 a.m., Mr. Stephan Husy, Ambassador-at-Large for Counter-Terrorism of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and Mr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) will brief media on the conference in Palais des Nations (Room III).

Media accreditation is required: accreditation-media@unog.ch -  The Conference will be webcast live on webtv.un.org on 7 and 8 April from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

For more information about the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, visit bit.ly/PreventVE                                      #PreventVE