The CVE Youth Blast is the official Pre-Conference event for the International Youths Conference on Counter-Terrorism, expected to draw 300 youth participants. As the maiden International Youths Conference on Counter-Terrorism (IYCCT 1 Nairobi, Kenya – February 2016) will set out to bring together the global youths’ resolve on Countering Violent Extremism, we take this opportunity to reinstate the agenda of Youths inclusion in the Global CVE Process, giving youths a further pre-conference chance to outline their position and present recommendations.
We believe that including youths in the pursuit of peaceful and inclusive societies free of Violent Extremism must remain one of the central aims for which CVE policies are created globally. This is on account of the inextricable link between the increasing number of youths joining extremist groups, and the increasing threat of such terror groups.
The CVE Youth Blast will involve interactive discussions on the 3 focus areas as below mentioned where the topic guest speakers are asked questions as they engage with the event participants in the audience section, facilitated by a moderator for each plenary session. The expected outcomes will be recommendations moving forward on the focus areas.
In addition to building capacity, strategizing and planning for the IYCCT 1, the CVE Youth Blast will create a platform for young people to share experiences and solutions related to radicalization. It is expected to advance an environment that will help to forge strategic CVE partnerships and cooperation, develop a knowledge base of activities, initiatives and best practices, and strengthen the Youths CVE strategy to ensure the continued participation of young people in these processes.