UNESCO International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education: Taking Action

Co-organized by UNESCO Headquarters and the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development

19th-20th September 2016, New Delhi, India

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The conference seeks to build a common understanding among policy makers on interventions needed for education systems to prevent violent extremism


UNESCO is convening the International Conference on PVE-E further to the adoption of UNESCO 197 EX/Decision 46 (October 2015) on “UNESCO’s role in preventing violent extremism through education” and in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (A/70/674 – December 2015).


International Conference will convene over two days in interactive plenary sessions and working groups in order to provide participants with the opportunity to engage in dialogue, exchange good practices in PVE-E and establish contacts.


Participants will mainly be senior education officials responsible for, or engaged in, PVE-E related work. Experts, representatives of CSOs and IGOs, as well as youth, will also participate. About 200-250 participants are expected to attend from across the globe.

Here are some visual highlights from the UNESCO International Conference held in New Delhi on September 19-20th on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education: Taking Action

Conference overview

Over 200 senior education policy-makers, experts, as well as youth advocates in the field, from close to 70 countries came together in New Delhi, India, from 19 to 20 September, for the first “UNESCO International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education: Taking Action”.
Participants, concerned by the global rise in attacks perpetrated by violent extremist groups, came together to seek a common understanding about how education systems can appropriately and effectively take action.

For many participants, it requires addressing controversial issues in a responsible way, in and out of school through formal and non-formal education, and ensuring that education systems, as a whole, are mobilized and equipped to face the challenge.

Click on the following links for more details of the conference:

Opening speech by Gwang-Jo Kim, Director UNESCO Bangkok Office

Opening Presentation by Soo-Hyang Choi,Director, Division for Teaching, Learning and Content.

Opening Presentation by Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP

Closing Plenary-Presentation

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