extremism

Cameroon: Clear ‘window of opportunity’ to solve crises rooted in violence - Bachelet

The UN human rights chief on Monday welcomed Cameroon’s willingness to cooperate over finding workable solutions to “major human rights and humanitarian crises”, caused by months of serious unrest and violence across the west and north of the country.

Marginalization, perceived abuse of power pushing Africa’s youth to extremism – UN study

Deprivation, marginalization and perceived state violence or abuse of power are pushing young Africans into the clutches of violent extremism, a groundbreaking study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reveals.

UN and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation must cooperate on resolving conflicts, Security Council told

Citing more than 20 years of collaboration between the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a senior UN political official today urged greater efforts by the two entities to draw on each other’s strengths and devise joint strategies to prevent and resolve conflicts.

Over-generalized approach could expose peace operations to greater risk, warns UN deputy chief

Amid increased attacks from violent extremist and terrorist groups, the United Nations peace operations must be better prepared to face such asymmetric threats by ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel and adapting to varying situations on the ground, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council today.

PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorists of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voice in global debate

When he was 19, Mubin Shaikh, believed that “you could change the world overnight, and you could do it through violence.”

UN expert warns combat against violent extremism could be used as ‘excuse’ to curb free speech

A United Nations human rights expert today signalled concern that efforts to counter “violent extremism” may be construed as the “perfect excuse” for democratic and authoritarian governments to restrict free expression and control access to information.

BAKU: violent extremism 'affront' to UN principles, Global Forum told in opening session

The head of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a body mandated to promote harmony among nations, today emphasized the need to counter narratives of hatred and mistrust in order to prevent violent extremism.

At Geneva conference, Ban calls for global partnership to prevent violent extremism

The objective of extremists “is for us to turn on each other [and] our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, underscoring that the action plan he presented to the United Nations General Assembly in January contains concrete recommendations and could be the basis of a global partnership to defeat violent extremism.

In Geneva, senior UN official urges all-inclusive approach to stop virulent spread of violent extremism

Violent extremism is an affront to the very purposes and principles of the United Nations, the Head of the world body’s Geneva headquarters said today, urging government delegations and experts gathered there to back the comprehensive approach needed to proactively address the drivers of the scourge, including through support of the Secretary-General’s action plan on the issue.

Addressing violent extremism ‘urgent human rights priority,’ warns UN chief

Top United Nations officials today urged the international community to develop effective, rights-based responses to violent extremism by examining its drivers and shifting away from the “security only” approach to dealing with the scourge.