Defusing Religious Extremism

May 14, 2016

BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES AS KEY PARTNERS IN COUNTER TERRORISM EFFORTS

A Side Event of the 2016 Crime Commission

Time: Tuesday 23rd May 2016, 13.10 – 14.00 Hr
Place: Vienna International Center, Conference Room MOE100
Organized By: International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
Co-Sponsored By: The Kingdom of Morocco, UNODC

Speakers

Mr. Ulrich Garms, Terrorism Prevention Branch, UNODC
Dr. Mr. Mohammed Slaoui, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations (Vienna)
Dr. Douglas Johnston, President, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy

Moderator
Dr. Karen Judd Smith, Acting Chair, NY Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Addressing the “ideas behind the guns” to counter terrorism is every bit as strategic as anything else taking place on or off the battlefield. What this translates to is focusing on how to turn religious extremism in a more positive direction and to do this, practical ways to deal effectively with underlying ideologies are urgently needed. 

In this session we will look at key innovations designed to help combat all forms of radicalization leading to violent extremism that have been proven to work.

UNODC will begin with an overview of the UN’s Counter Terrorism approaches and we will then look at how the 2016 Marrakech Declaration provides a framework and impetus for protecting religious minorities within Islamic countries.

Next, we explore a proven approach that enables intervention teams to work with conservative religious leaders and communities on educational reform in madrasas and public school systems, and other equally effective strategic initiatives.

The session will be interactive, carving out time for questions and answers.

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