The Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism

Young peacebuilders from all over the world are coming to New York with one goal – creating an Action Agenda that will redefine the role of youth as partners in preventing violent extremism.

WHAT: In one of the first gatherings of this kind, more than 60 youth-oriented leaders and organizations from approximately 45 countries are coming together to share their experiences in building resilience to violent extremism in their communities. Youth experts will draft the Summit’s Youth Action Agenda, a historic document that will articulate (1) what young people know about violent extremism, (2) what they are doing in their communities to prevent it and (3) a call to action for governments, NGOs, and policymakers to seize this moment and engage youth as partners against violent conflict and violent extremism.

The Youth Action Agenda will be presented at a Leader’s Summit hosted by President Obama on September 29th in New York.

The Summit builds upon the White House Summit on CVE convened in February 2015 to articulate and refine a global approach to this issue, culminating at this year’s convening of the UN General Assembly.

WHY: In conflict, youth are seen as victims or villains, vulnerable to recruitment into violent extremist organizations. In truth, the silent majority of them are positive change makers, actively contributing to the cause of preventing violent extremism around the world. The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security in August 2015 demonstrated the leadership role of youth in peacebuilding and CVE; the Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism on Sept. 28th  will build on this work to amplify youth’s achievements and provide concrete recommendations for improved collaboration, coordination and accountability to preventing violent extremism, ensuring inclusive security and building sustainable peace .

Search’s participation in this process has been to strengthen the voice of youth at every step of the global agenda-setting and policy-making process and to advocate for an inclusive and positive framing of the issue that engages youth as peacebuilding leaders to be supported, not as extremists to be deterred.

WHEN: September 28th, 2015

WHERE: Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street New York, NY 10017

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The Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism is being hosted by the Counter Extremism Project, with support from the U.S. Department of State.