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.
In this regard, the President of the UN General Assembly will host a High Level Thematic Conversation (HLTC) of the General Assembly on 3 June 2016. The HLTC will be structured around several High Level Panel Discussions addressing 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 HLTC 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.
|10:00am – 10:40am||
Moderator: Prof. Peter Neumann, Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London
H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70thSession of the General Assembly
|10:45am – 11:50am||
HIGH-LEVEL INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION I: Preventing Children and Youth from Radicalization
The panelists will focus on a number of the “push and pull” factors that may lead to radicalization. Panelists will be asked to present examples of good preventative practices, discuss challenges, and assess effectiveness and initiative. Presenters will also be asked to address how children and youth (including young women and girls) can be key actors in building resilience within their communities and in developing remedies and solutions.
Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands
|11:55am – 01:00pm||
HIGH-LEVEL INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION II: From Radicalization to Violent Extremism
The panel will address context and point out risk factors – global and local that could push radicalized children and youth into violent extremism. The panel will also discuss lessons learned on ways to protect the rights of children and youth and to prevent them from falling into violent extremism.
Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, SG’s Envoy on Youth
|03:00pm – 04:30pm||
HIGH-LEVEL INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION III: Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration
The panel will focus on sharing good practices and persisting challenges in promoting rehabilitation and social integration of children and youth who got involved with violent extremism and crime as well as in the response of criminal justice systems.
Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC
|04:30pm – 05:50pm||
HIGH-LEVEL INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION IV: Multi-stakeholder Efforts
The session will address current efforts undertaken by UN agencies, foundations and private sector to support Member States to effectively deal with children and youth associated with violent extremist groups, including terrorist groups.
Mr. Mossarat Qadeem, The Institute for Inclusive Security
|05:50pm – 06:00pm||
H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the General Assembly
|06:30pm – 08:30pm||
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