The Global Center and the Securing the Future Initiative hosted the virtual launch of A Blueprint for Civil Society-Led Engagement in UN Counterterrorism and P/CVE Efforts brief, which presents recommendations for improving civil society engagement in UN counterterrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism efforts. The publication provides recommendations that the United Nations and its member states can take to better engage civil society and offers a blueprint for civil society to advocate for and assert itself more consistently and effectively within the UN counterterrorism architecture, policies, and programs.

The launch event brought together a panel of civil society representatives to reflect on the recommendations based on their own experiences interacting with multilateral fora and provide suggestions for the operationalization of the recommendations. Mr. Hussein Khalid (HAKI Africa) reflected on the many challenges local organizations face accessing the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. Mr. Eric Rosand (Securing the Future Initiative) reflected more broadly on the last two decades of counterterrorism measures, and the negative impacts these measures have had on civil society and its ability to meaningfully engage in policy conversations. Ms. Marina Kumskova (Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict) discussed the need to systematize the relationships between the United Nations, member states, and civil society at the global and the national level in a way that is inclusive and accessible. Ms. Vanja Skoric (European Center for Not-for-Profit Law) spoke on her experiences as a member of the Global NPO Coalition on Financial Action Task Force, and highlighted relevant lessons learned which could be helpful as UN entities look to expand their engagement with civil society. The final panelist, Jordan Street (Saferworld), built on previous remarks and discussed the benefits of meaningful engagement with a broad, diverse range of civil society actors in order to learn from their experiences and work with them to develop better policies and interventions.


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