On 29-30 April in Almaty, the Programme Office in Astana facilitated a roundtable discussion on engaging youth to counter violent extremism and radicalism that lead to terrorism (VERLT). It was co-organised with the OSCE Transnational Threats Department and the Institute of the Prosecutor General’s Office with support from the government of Norway.
Some 60 representatives of state agencies and civil society of Kazakhstan, as well as experts from Denmark, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the United Kingdom and the United States shared national and international perspectives on youth engagement to counter VERLT through education, arts, sports and the media. Interaction of law enforcement agencies in countering VERLT were among the topics discussed. The seminar followed a student forum organized by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, where some 200 students learned about international and national efforts to counter VERLT.
The Office-supported Swiss expert spoke on youth involvement in terrorist activities. As a result of the discussions the Institute of the Prosecutor General’s Office will prepare a list of relevant recommendations.