Statement: Opening Remarks by Dr. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan

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Your Excellency, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ismatullo Nasredin

Your Excellencies Under-Secretary General of UNOCT, Assistant Secretary General of UN CTED, UN RCCA

Representatives of the government of Tajikistan

Your Excellencies Ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions to Tajikistan

Distinguished representatives of official delegations to the High-Level Conference

Representatives of civil society organizations and research institutions

Ladies and gentlemen

I would like to welcome you all and thank you for joining us in this panel discussion on UN support to Preventing Violent Extremism: Field Experiences, which is being held within the framework of the High-Level Conference Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism organized by the Government of Republic of Tajikistan.

Violent extremism undermines peace and security, sustainable development and human rights. The cost of any form of violent extremism reach beyond the number of lost lives and have long lasting social, economic and psychological impact. The consequences can have inter-generational effect by negatively impacting education possibilities and job opportunities for children and youth. Dynamics of violent extremism affect women and men differently, specific interventions are needed to empower women to participate in early warning as well as local and national planning.

There is no single pathway and no complex algorithm that can unlock the secrets of who turns to violent extremism. But we know that violent extremism flourishes when people feel voiceless, excluded, abused, marginalized, when their identity is questioned and when too many people � especially young people � lack hope and meaning in their lives. Inclusive and equitable development can contribute in preventing violent extremism using comprehensive development approach and cooperation.

The United Nations responds to the violent extremism challenges at different levels. The Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 provides a framework for progress, achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can powerfully erode the 'push' and 'pull' of violent extremism, through the creation of peaceful, just, inclusive, and economically progressive societies and addressing root causes of socio-economic deprivation.

In addition, the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy (2006), and the Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (2015) provide overall framework to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism UN at global and regional level provide support to the work of the Members States in developing mechanisms of regional and global cooperation for countering terrorism and prevention of violent extremism through regional frameworks and other forms of cooperation in this area. The UN support governments in developing National Plans of Action on PVE that ensure coherent and balanced policies, and help build institutional capacities in this area. At the country level, UN Agencies support comprehensive development to improve quality of education, health equity, gender equality, youth empowerment, social protection, inclusive economic development, crime prevention, rule of law, participation, etc. to address the needs of the vulnerable groups and build community resilience to any kind of risk.

Complex and integrated factors require whole of government approach to deal with the issues in comprehensive manner, to facilitate an integrated approach, the entire UN system also works together and at all levels to support prevention of violent extremism at the country, regional and global levels.

Today's side event will focus on the field experiences. The distinguished panel of various UN Agencies will share ways in which we are supporting governments and CSOs prevent violent extremism and we hope that presentations will lead to dynamic discussion.

Thank you.

Source: United Nations