Harnessing Youth as Positive Drivers to Prevent Violent Extremism
On 20 October 2016, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) hosted the panel discussion, “Young People as a Driving Force to Prevent Violent Extremism.” The panel discussed the capacity of young people to be drivers of positive change and leadership, particularly for youth in fragile settings. The speakers included retired Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, Amanda Fazzone, Senior Countering Violent Extremism Officer of global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), and trained psychologist Dr. Ellis. UNITAR executive Nikhil Seth moderated the event that took place in Room XXIII in the Palais des Nations.
However, given the right support and development opportunities, these children can be swayed away from a path of violent extremism and instead be positive drivers for their society.
Lt. General Dallaire: “If we don’t harness their potential for good, their societies will continue to reap their capacity for evil.”