The evolving threat posed by terrorist and violent extremist groups require multi-faceted, agile, collaborative and innovative approaches by stakeholders at the international, national and community levels. Engaging with diverse partners and embracing openness to a multitude of perspectives is fundamental to responding to the complex challenges posed by terrorism and violent extremism. The UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions as well as the Madrid Guiding Principles encourage engagement between Member States and NGOs, civil society and the private sector.
Member States recognise the important role that the private sector plays in counter terrorism and preventing and countering of violent extremism. Member States have expressed grave concern about the exploitation of new technologies and social media platforms by terrorist groups to spread their doctrine of hatred, to recruit followers and to enhance their operational capacities. Governments have been calling for more concerted action from social media companies to address the problem of terrorist and violent extremist content online. Given their enormous reach, tech companies are a key part of the solution, not only in terms of preventing the exploitation of their technologies but also in the mobilization of their know-how to design new solutions.
Universities, think tanks, and independent researchers are uniquely placed to ask probing questions and to conduct methodologically sound research and have important policy roles to play. Academic and policy research can assist with collecting and analyzing data, detecting patterns and trends, building deeper comparative, regional and thematic knowledge.
Strong and effective partnerships with the private sector, academia, civil society organisations and other non-state actors such as foundations, networks and associations will contribute to understanding and knowledge based on evidence-based information, deepen learning and policy discussion, and assist with the evaluation of impact and results of different interventions.
Such partnerships will also drive innovation and strengthen the design, development and implementation of ideas, projects and innovative solutions to counter terrorism and to prevent and counter violent extremism.