What is the Strong Cities Network?


Launched at the United Nations in September 2015, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) is the first ever global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms.

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Why are cities important?

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The risk of violent extremism – across racial, ideological, political and religious motivations – is a concern for families, communities and governments. Across the world, cities are on the front-line of building resilience to violent extremism.   The SCN recognises that cities are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from polarisation and radicalisation through partnerships with local communities. Mayors and municipal-level policy makers must work closely with their communities to identify and address the methods used by violent extremists to recruit, radicalise and mobilise targeted individuals.

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What are the SCN’s fundamental principles?

SCN-UNSC-KC- (27)The SCN operates from the assumption that communities and local governments are both part of the solution to address violent extremism. The SCN is driven by a number of fundamental principles:

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Who can join the SCN?

SCN Alt text for UNSC imageThe SCN has been established exclusively for policy makers and/or practitioners operating at city, municipal or sub-national levels. Membership to the network is completely free of charge.

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