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During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the U.A.E stepped forward and offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism to support its initial stand-up and outreach.

In December 2012 Hedayah, the first-ever International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from GCTF members and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center devoted to capacity building programs, dialogue and communications, in addition to research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations. A center that can bring together experts, expertise, and experience from around the globe. Hedayah solidified its independence through U.A.E Federal Law No. 7 of October 2013.

There is a widespread agreement on the need to prevent individuals from radicalization, the embrace of violence, and support for terrorism, as well as to divert those already radicalized back into their communities. With the opening of Hedayah in Abu Dhabi, there is now an institution dedicated to addressing this long-term, strategic challenge.




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