The Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations and CGCC hosted a roundtable to explore practical ways in which the UN Security Council can support member states in their efforts to counter violent extremism (CVE). The seminar brought together current Security Council members to share insights and lessons learned from the Council’s efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism and to identify future priorities and possible Council engagement. Newly elected members were briefed on the Council’s work and practices relating to counterterrorism and experts had the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the UN’s role on these issues and learn from national experiences.
Opening remarks were made by Ambassador Gary Quinlan, Permanent Representative of the Australian Mission to the UN, Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), and Liat Shetret, New York Office Director and Senior Analyst at CGCC. Speakers presented on past and current national and regional CVE efforts and participants considered how these have, and could, inform efforts of the Security Council. The sessions were moderated by Claire Elias, First Secretary of the Australian Mission, Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Head of Research and Analysis at CGCC, and Peter Romaniuk, Senior Fellow at CGCC.
The increasingly transnational nature of terrorism and the enabling environment created by weak development, governance, and law enforcement, has increased opportunities for terrorist groups to arouse sympathy and recruits. In response, many member states have started to focus on a more preventive approach to these challenges. The power of violent extremist narratives and ideas to both radicalize and mobilize has directed greater attention to CVE efforts in national and international groups. Council members agreed that while CVE may be a relatively new term in the lexicon of international security, it builds on the UN and member states’ rich body of experience and efforts in preventing conflict and violence. Participants stressed the importance of coordination and information sharing between entities at UN Headquarters and in the field, and among member states, to ensure effective sustainable implementation of CVE programs.
This roundtable builds upon prior discussions with Council members in 2011 and 2012, which focused on engaging the Security Council in terrorism prevention efforts as part of the UN’s broader peace and security agenda. A policy brief produced by CGCC offers key highlights and recommendations from those meetings.
For more information about this project, please contact Naureen Chowdhury Fink at email@example.com.