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Webinar 14 – Putting Youth in the Driver Seat to Prevent Violent Extremism
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November 1, 2017
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Webinar Date and Time: November 15 at 12:00 EST. Click here to view the recording.

Webinar Description: UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security recognizes the positive role that youth play in promoting and sustaining peace. Resolution 2250 highlights the importance of collaborating, investing and partnering with youth in decision-making processes on critical security issues, such as preventing violent extremism.

Guided by Resolution 2250, Noella Richard from the United Nations Development Programme and Rachel Walsh Taza from Search for Common Ground shared emerging approaches for partnering with youth to prevent violent extremism, including lessons from their youth programs around the world, and insights from recent research and reports: Peacebuilder’s Guide to Transforming Violent Extremism, the Global Survey on Youth, Peace and Security of youth-led organizations, and the Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace (Youth-GPS) from UNDP.

Speaker Bios:

Noëlla Richard is the Global Youth Policy Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She leads the global youth portfolio in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster and manages UNDP’s Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace (UNDP Youth-GPS), a response to both the 2030 Agenda and UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. Ms. Richard is the co-chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth & the 2030 Agenda and the former co-chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (2015-2016). She previously served in UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group, as Special Assistant to the Director and as coordinator of the UNDP Global Initiative on Gender Equality in Public Administration. Prior to UNDP Headquarters, she worked for the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, UNESCO, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, the French Ministry of Finance, Paris Economic Council for Sustainable Development and UNDP Country Office in Morocco. She was educated in France, Morocco, Spain and Argentina. She graduated from Sciences Po in 2004 and Sorbonne in 2005 in Paris.

Rachel Walsh Taza is the program manager for Search for Common Ground’s Children & Youth division. She supports the organization’s work to empower children and youth to be true agents of conflict transformation in their communities, through programs ranging in topic from peace education, youth-focused TV and radio shows, to leadership training, community security, and violent extremism. Prior to joining SFCG, Rachel lived and worked in Lebanon for several years in the development and humanitarian sectors. Rachel has spent more than six years studying and working in the Middle East and North Africa region, and is proficient in Arabic. She has a dual degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations from the College of William and Mary.

Akylai Karimova is a project manager at Search for Common Ground in Kyrgyzstan. She is currently leading a program engaging 162 young people in peacebuilding and preventing violent extremism across 27 communities in Kyrgyzstan. Prior to joining Search, Akylai had been reporting to local news portal www.kloop.kg covering issues of radicalization, discrimination and governance issues in the region. Akylai has over eight years of experience in the field of youth development gained from NGO Youth of Osh which she co-founded with a group of like-minded friends. 


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