The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations together with the Global Center hosted an expert panel discussion at UN Headquarters in New York on experiences in the implementation of national strategies and action plans to prevent violent extremism (PVE). The event included opening remarks by Ms. Paula Risikko, Minister of the Interior, Finland and presentations from Finland, Kenya, and the European Union on the development and implementation of PVE strategies and action plans, highlighting good practices and challenges when moving from plans to action.
In his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, the UN Secretary-General recommends that “each Member State should consider developing a national plan of action to prevent violent extremism which sets national priorities for addressing the local drivers of violent extremism.” This was reconfirmed by the UN member states during the fifth biennial review of the Global Counterterrorism Strategy in July 2016, when they encouraged “the further elaboration and development of national, subregional and regional plans, as appropriate, to support the implementation of the Strategy” (A/RES/70/291).
The panel discussion provided an opportunity to share practices in the development and implementation of PVE strategies and action plans, and allowed for interaction with the panelists and an opportunity for other countries and organizations to contribute their experiences. After welcoming remarks from the Minister of the Interior of Finland, participants heard presentations from Ms Tarja Mankkinen, Head of Development with the Ministry of the Interior of Finland; H.E. Ms Koki Muli Grignon, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; and Gerton Van Den Akker, Chargé d’Affaires with the EU Delegation to the UN. The discussion was moderated by JAson Ipe, Global Center Deputy Director.