Sub-Regional Workshop on Afghanistan, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka Focuses on National CVE Strategies

In March 2018, AJO President, Shafeek Seddiq, attended a sub-regional workshop organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) on promoting the adoption and implementation of national strategies to counter violent extremism (CVE).
Focusing on national CVE efforts in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the Republic of Maldives, the workshop included the sharing of good practices and lessons learned; the roles of government and civil society in developing and implementing CVE strategies, including the importance of accounting for youth and gender; evolving international approaches; and rehabilitation and reintegration.
Participants included officials from the Governments of Afghanistan, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka, representatives from national and international civil society organizations (CSOs) and academics, as well as experts from CTED; the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC); the UN Counter-Terrorism Office (OCT); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and UN Women.