MEDIA ADVISORY: High Level Thematic Conversation on Children and Youth Affected by Violent Extremism

High Level Thematic Conversation on Children and Youth Affected by Violent Extremism

3 June 2016, UN Headquarters in New York


To address the versatile nature of threats of violent extremism to children and youth, as well as examine ways to strengthen prevention efforts and reinforce existing strategies to counter violent extremism with a specific focus on children and youth, the President of the UN General Assembly will host a High Level Thematic Conversation of the General Assembly on 3 June 2016.


Violent extremism represents one of the most complex challenges faced by our global community today. Our children and youth are often the most vulnerable to the scourge of radicalization and violence. The threats faced by youth and children require the United Nations to double its efforts and refine its responses to addressing the challenges of violent extremism.


The one-day event will offer key stakeholders a platform to discuss the “push and pull” factors that may lead to radicalization and violent extremism, as well as to share good practices that promote rehabilitation and social integration of children and youth involved in acts of violent extremism.


Who:               Mogens Lykketoft, President of  the United Nations General Assembly

Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and Home Affairs, Kingdom of Belgium

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar

Tiémoko Touré, Minister for Youth Promotion, Employment of Young People and Civic Service, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Zaad AlKhair, 17-year old Syrian Refugee (by video)

See full list of speakers and programme at:


What:              High-level Thematic Conversation on Children and Youth affected by Violent Extremism

When:             10am to 6pm, 3 June2016

Where:            Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York

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Hashtag:         #PVEyouth

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