The Global Center, a Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) Steering Commitee member, helped to organize and participate in an all-day civil society event on the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly. This event, marking GSX's first year of activity, hosted an event which brought dozens of civil society practitioners – many at the helm of women and youth organizations – from around the globe together with representatives from national and local authorities and multilateral institutions, to highlight their unique contributions to reducing recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism in their communities. More than 180 policymakers, practitioners, diplomats, and experts attended the event.
The GSX event emphasized that local actors are at the frontlines of pioneering diverse, innovative, positive, and sustainable efforts aimed at preventing violent extremism (PVE) and promoting pluralism and inclusivity. Many spoke of their efforts to build trust between law enforcement and local communities and to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of returning fighters, former violent extremists, and their victims. The event marked a significant step forward in solidifying the participation of local actors and networks in policy conversations around PVE and in the evolution of the GSX, a civil society collaboration, cooperation, advocacy, and analysis platform dedicated to PVE and a mechanism for sustained high-level civil society-government dialogue on issues related to PVE. Click here from more information.