20 September 2022
The Countering Violent Extremism Working Group (CVE WG) Co-Chairs, Australia and Indonesia, convened the Eleventh Plenary Meeting on the margins of the Twentieth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting in New York. The Plenary gathered CVE experts from GCTF Members, non-member countries, the GCTF Inspired Institutions, United Nations entities, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations. The first session of the Plenary provided an update on the initiatives and deliverables under the 2019-22 Work Plan.
In the last three years, the CVE WG developed the Gender and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Toolkit (Gender Toolkit), which provides practical guidance on mainstreaming gender-responsive preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) frameworks, policies and programs. The CVE WG also collaborated with other GCTF Working Groups, UN bodies and the GCTF Inspired Institutions to promote GCTF Framework Documents, and good practices and strategies in PCVE. CVE WG objectives included identifying solutions to overcome barriers to funding to enable community-level P/CVE interventions, addressing the foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) phenomenon, and countering online violent extremism conducive to terrorism.
The second session
brought together a panel of policy experts and practitioners to discuss the evolving challenges of terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism. The panel included speakers from the GCTF Inspired Institutions
and partner organizations, including the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, represented by Sian Hutchinson, Head, Global Programme on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. The discussion informed future activities and collaboration under the CVE WG priority areas in its 2022-24 Work Plan with particular focus on online radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of FTFs, and CVE in prisons.