The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, with support from the Global Center and Hedayah, organized a civil society workshop in advance of the United Nations – United Arab Emirates Regional Conference for Arab League Countries entitled “Empowering Youth and Promoting Tolerance: Practical Approaches to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism" intended to contribute to a series of finding and recommendations on civil society engagement.

The one-day workshop for civil society representatives provided a dedicated opportunity for participating civil society actors to reflect on their experiences in relation to empowering youth and promoting tolerance in efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism conducive to terrorism. Participants included youth leaders, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders from Arab League member states and beyond. The goal of the civil-society led-workshop was to facilitate perspectives from the field, ensuring different voices from civil society and other local actors are heard, and to facilitate collaboration and cooperation among civil society organizations working on a range of issues in different national and regional settings.

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