A Global Solutions Exchange Event
21 September 2017, New York, NY
New York – 12 September 2017 – As officials and dignitaries from all across the world gather for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, a collective of civil society groups are gathering at an all-day event to draw attention to the important and innovative role that civil society and other local actors are playing in preventing violent extremism (PVE).
Hosted by the co-founders of the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX), the 21 September event brings extraordinary women, youth, and other community leaders from Canada to Cameroon, Morocco to Montenegro, and Tunisia to Tanzania to highlight their unique contributions they to reducing recruitment and radicalization to violence in their communities, including by promoting peace, resilience, equality and pluralism (PREP). Leaders of municipal-level, local prevention networks in Jordan, Lebanon, and elsewhere helping communities resist the siren call of violent extremism and reintegrate former fighters will also share their experiences.
Director of the Prevention Project and co-leader of the GSX Eric Rosand said “This event will demonstrate why it is so important that more governments take steps to recognize and support civil society as an ally and not an adversary when it comes to PVE”. GSX co-leader, and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, said “local women-led organizations and other CSOs felt the rise of violent extremism years ago and have been at the frontlines of the fight against it with innovative, positive and sustainable solutions. Launched at the UN in 2016, the GSX brings their expertise to the international arena, to inform and improve our collective knowledge and practice.”
The event will provide global and national policymakers practical recommendations and tested solutions on effectively preventing violent extremism in partnership with civil society.
What is the GSX?
The GSX is an independent civil society-led policy analysis, and collaboration platform dedicated to preventing violent extremism (PVE) and supporting the implementation of relevant global frameworks at the regional, national, and local levels. The GSX is committed to providing policymakers with practical solutions recognizing the unique perspectives of women- and youth-led and other civil society organizations to enable the development of sustainable “whole of society” approaches to reducing radicalization and recruitment to violence.
Who leads the GSX?
The GSX steering group consists of the ICAN, spearheading the global Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), the Prevention Project, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, the Royal United Services Institute, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and Search for Common Ground.
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