A decade ago, there was a growing recognition among experts and governments that the process of radicalization to violent extremism needed to be better understood and that preventive measures should be part of a comprehensive approach to addressing terrorism, which was reflected in the four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and subsequent resolutions of the Security Council. The 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Strategy and its fifth biennial review, scheduled to be conducted in June 2016, will provide an important opportunity for strategic reflection about UN counterterrorism programs and the way forward.
To help inform deliberations around the Strategy review and building on its previous analyses of UN counterterrorism programs, the Global Center, with the generous support of Norway and Switzerland, is producing an independent report to develop a set of findings and recommendations to support multilateral efforts to address terrorism and violent extremism in the coming decade. Beyond UN counterterrorism bodies, the report will focus on broader strategic engagement among entities focused on development, human rights, peace and security, educational, and cultural issues, including new actors that have emerged since the adoption of the Strategy, such as the Global Counterterrorism Forum.
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