Mayors call for worldwide local cooperation to combat extremism

11 July 2018, Melbourne: Uniting communities and preventing terrorism can be done better through local governments cooperating around the world. This is the message from around 250 local leaders from over 30 countries gathering in Melbourne this week for the annual Global Summit of the Strong Cities Network (SCN).   Over the next three days, mayors, governors,…
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“Stray Bullets Kill Joy” Campaign in Tripoli Lebanon gains momentum

In May 2018, the Strong Cities Network and YouthCAN initiative delivered a joint “Lab” on developing effective campaigns. Hosted in Beirut, the lab trained more than 25 youth from across Tripoli, Majdal Anjar and Saida on how to develop an effective campaign. One of the lab’s successes was the launch of the “Stray Bullets Kill…
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SCN training MPs from the Western Balkans

Rebecca spoke to MPs from across the Western Balkans, including Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovnia, and Macedonia, advising them on best practice principles in delivering, designing and communicating CVE strategies. Rebecca was also able to provide an update to ministers on the extensive feedback we have gleaned from our 40+ member municipalities from across…
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Strong Cities Network in the USA

Across April, SCN Senior Manager Rebecca Skellett spent two weeks in the U.S. training Muslim-Christian Faith Leaders from across 12 U.S. cities in CVE practice at Duke University with the organisation Peace-Catalyst International, including stakeholders from our member cities New York, Louisville and San Diego. Peace Catalyst International will be working across cities in the…
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Strong Cities Network meets His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India

Mayor Fischer of Louisville and Mayor Tait of Anaheim joined ISD’s Farah Pandith and Rebecca Skellett for 10-day trip to India, organised by the Strong Cities Network (SCN), which included a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. The trip also included meetings with city officials in Mumbai and South Delhi, police, business leaders,…
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Mombasa County delegation travels to Kristiansand for SCN City Exchange

From 19 to 23 March, the City of Kristiansand hosted a high-level delegation from Mombasa County for a bilateral exchange, building cooperation and shared learning to build resilience against violent extremism in both cities. The Mombasa-Kristiansand exchange focused on the key themes of prevention and resilience building among local youth, implementation of local P/CVE action…
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SCN Mayoral Task Force launched in DC

The SCN launched a Mayoral Task Force with mayors from Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  The SCN brought together 20+ city leaders from Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States to launch a Mayoral Task Force that seeks to galvanise Public-Private Partnerships to build social cohesion…
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Second Regional Training Workshop – SCN in Lebanon and Jordan

The Strong Cities Network (SCN) regional municipality capacity building project, supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), held its second regional training workshop in Jordan on the role of mentorship in preventing violent extremism on 25-28 October 2017. The workshop was attended by approximately 100 members of the six local Lebanese and Jordanian municipality-led…
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SCN in Jordan: Workshop brings together municipal practitioners and youth

The day kicked off with training sessions on best practice examples and principles on how to positively involve and engage young people in prevention, promoting peace and challenging division. Building on the previous two-day youth Innovation Lab (25th-26th of November), the sessions included a particular focus on the role of digital content and social media…
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SCN Lebanon & Jordan: Official Launch of Four Local Prevention Networks

Four SCN member municipalities have officially launched local Prevention Networks in Lebanon and Jordan, with support from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the regional Strong Cities capacity-building programme. Building on two years of engagement and partnership between local leaders and community members to establish effective prevention and resilience units at the city level,…
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