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Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and Bangladeshi Diaspora


Date: 22 March 2018, Thursday, 2pm-5.30pm

Venue: Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

MODERATOR:  Mr. Jakob de Jong, Director, The Hague Peace, Netherlands


Dr. Magnus Norell, Senior Fellow, European Foundation for Democracy, Belgium & Expert on terrorism, political violence, democracy and security in the Middle East and Central Asia

Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research, South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels

Ms. Nicola Spafford Furey, Vice President, Earth Focus Foundation, Geneva

Major General (Retired) Abdur Rashid, Executive Director of the Institute of Conflict, Law & Development Studies (ICLDS), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prof Dr. Willem van der Geest, Chief Economist, formerly Director at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York

Ms. Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur, OHCHR, Geneva

Mr. Ansar Ahmed Ullah, President, EBF UK – Way Forward

Mr. Khalilur Rahman, Country Coordinator EBF, Geneva –Vote of Thanks

TOPIC: Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and Bangladeshi Diaspora

FORMAT: Interactive Panel Discussion

CONCEPT: The key concept of the Geneva conference is to ‘uphold Secularism to counter violent terrorism and rise of extremism in the name of religion across the globe including Bangladesh’. There is an urgent need for efforts to be made for bilateral, regional and global cooperation to combat the threat of violent extremism across the globe. The conference will bring fore the threat of violent extremism and create awareness about the threat of these forces and their allies and create public opinion in favour of secular democracy.

The Geneva Conference which will bring together secular forces, activists, think tanks, politicians both national and European, journalists and create strong public opinion in favor of the secular forces and against the violent extremist groups. This will also strengthen European and global stakeholders to address a phenomenon that is indeed transnational and exchange good practices of prevention.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: The Geneva conference will discuss the role of the government and the civil society that may help formulate Action Programs at the end.

(To register please visit: https://reg.unog.ch/event/23484/ )

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