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Hedayah Center Leads Global Efforts on PCVE National Action Plans

Published On 21 Sep 2017

NEW YORK | Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), based in Abu Dhabi, today signed a memorandum of understanding, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This memorandum will expand the reach of the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) National Action Plans Task Force, which Hedayah runs from its new satellite office in Washington DC, with the Global Center for Cooperative Security.

With support from a growing number of donors, the Task Force provides pro bono technical support and training, drawing on emerging international good practice. The Task Force highlights the importance of an inclusive process, with input from relevant cross-government and civil society actors, to achieve a National Action Plan which effectively reduces the threat of violent extremism. To date it has worked with fourteen different Governments across the globe.

The Executive Director of Hedayah, Mr Maqsoud Kruse, was present in New York this week for the signing and a number of other important international events.  Mr Kruse reported that:

Hedayah has developed a strong cooperative relationship with UNDP to ensure that our work in this area is well coordinated, strategic, and reinforcing. This is being formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding which will extend the reach of the Task Force through enhanced cooperation with UNDP offices across the globe.  Violent extremism is a shared problem that requires a shared solution and, on this important theme and many others, we are proud to be at the forefront of global efforts with such highly regarded partners.


Note to editors

Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), was launched in Abu Dhabi in December 2012, underlining the central role of the UAE in the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF). Hedayah serves as the global hub for sharing, promoting and building good practice for countering violent extremism through innovative research, dialogue, training and capacity building activity.  In October 2017 it opened its first satellite office, in Washington DC.

Hedayah is led by its Executive Director, local CVE specialist, Maqsoud Kruse with a number of directly hired experts as well as senior Government officials seconded from partner countries.

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