Global Summit 2017

Summary

In partnership with the City of Aarhus and East Jutland Police, the 2017 SCN Global Summit brought together 476 delegates from 170 cities across 47 countries, the largest global convention of local practitioners, political leaders and stakeholders working to prevent and counter violent extremism to date.

The event delivered:

AN INTERACTIVE FORUM FOR KNOWLEDGE SHARING & LEARNING

P/CVE programming should never be developed in isolation. Cities need recourse to a global pool of expert practitioners to apply lessons learned and make a real difference to P/CVE understanding and implementation. Evaluation of the Summit found that:

  • Approximately nine out of ten (88%) said it had directly improved their understanding of violent extremism and P/CVE.
  • Eight out of ten (80%) rated the opportunities for sharing knowledge and experience between cities across diverse global regions as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

INNOVATIVE, RELEVANT AND PRACTICAL TRAINING

The SCN delivers high quality training on trends and prevention approaches that meet the diverse challenges of member cities. Training should not just inform; it should have practical application and make a difference to local security, resilience and cohesion. Evaluation of the Summit found that:

  • Nearly every participant (98%) rated overall event content as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ and approximately nine of ten respondents (88%) said the knowledge and information gained would be of direct use in their work.
  • Approximately three out of four participants (72%) rated the quality of workshop training as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

STRENGTHENED LOCAL CAPACITY

Cities need the knowledge, tools, structures and partners to effectively prevent and counter violent extremism and put learning into practice. Evaluation of the Summit found that:

  • Nine out of ten (91%) reported increased ability to create initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism, and better access to support networks as a direct result of their involvement.

Narrative Report

Across three days, delegates attended a total of 17 specialist workshops on issues ranging from multiagency working and policing to youth engagement and international capacity building, as well as plenary sessions bringing together global mayors, online and tech partners, and personal stories of those directly affected by violent extremism. Providing an opportunity to bring together learning from across multiple global regions, form new partnerships and promote innovative local programming, the event also incorporated the third annual meeting of the SCN International Steering Committee.

SCN International Steering Committee meeting

Open House: The Aarhus Model

Open House: The Aarhus Model

The City of Aarhus welcomed delegates on Wednesday 17 May with an Open House event, designed to showcase the Aarhus Model, which has garnered international attention at all levels for its approach to locally-led prevention. With leadership from the Director of Children and Young People, the Director of Social Affairs and Employment and the Director of East Jutland Police, day-to-day management is charged to a multi-disciplinary task force for the prevention of radicalisation and discrimination, and is underpinned by the values of the municipality’s integration policy, which focuses on active citizenship. For further information on the Aarhus Model, please click here.

Hon. Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus

Additional Open House events were held specifically for delegates from Jordan and Lebanon, including SCN members leading on the development of Local Prevention Networks at the municipal levels and representatives from the Lebanese Prime Minister’s office supporting national P/CVE efforts. This builds on close partnership between the SCN and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supporting bilateral cooperation between Danish municipalities and counterparts in the Middle East, implementing best practice to support practitioner training and develop local prevention structures across 6 municipalities in Jordan and Lebanon.

Following a welcome from the Hon. Jacob Bundsgaard (Mayor, City of Aarhus), Commissioner Helle Kyndesen (Commissioner, East Jutland Police) and Sasha Havlicek (CEO, Institute for Strategic Dialogue), the conference was formally opened on Thursday 18 May by the Danish Minister of Justice, Søren Pape. Setting out Danish national approaches to violent extremism and strategic and operational shifts in terrorism and violent extremism, Minister Pape noted the strong progress made in Aarhus and across other Danish municipalities and the importance of a well-rounded and proactive strategy, informed by international learning and expertise.

[L-R] Mayor Bundsgaard, Mayor Bonte, Minister Scott

Highlighting the leadership and increasing role of mayors around the world on preventing and countering violent extremism, plenary sessions opened with an ‘In Conversation with Global Mayors’ panel, featuring Mayor Bundsgaard of Aarhus, Mayor Bonte of Vilvoorde, Mayor Berke of Chattanooga, Mayor Tait of Anaheim, Minister Scott of Victoria, Australia, and Commissioner Damakka-Abubakar of Kano, Nigeria. Each leader drew on local challenges, outlining current and upcoming local programming and underling important lessons on developing and implementing strategy tailored to specific local contexts.

Other key plenary sessions emphasised the importance of bringing policy and practice closer together, informed by academic research and maintaining close cooperation with communities, faith groups and other local and global stakeholders. Powerful personal stories were delivered during a ‘Witnesses of Violent Extremism’ session, which brought together families from Aarhus and the immediate local area directly affected by extremism, with relatives having travelled to the Syrian conflict. Dr Magnus Ranstorp, Professor Tore Bjørgo, Rabbi Michael Melchior, philosopher Bart Brandsma, and psychologist Professor Arie Kruglanski, all brought important perspectives on trends and developments in violent extremism, while a final plenary brought together tech partners and security specialists to discuss online prevention.

The following presentations delivered during plenary sessions are available to download:

Danish Centre for Prevention of Extremism | Presentation

Allan Aarslev, East Jutland Police & Natascha Mannemar Jensen, City of Aarhus – The Aarhus Model | Presentation

Tore Bjørgo | Presentation

 

Workshops & Speakers’ Presentations

Running across 18-19 May, parallel workshop sessions covered the following issues:

1. Early Prevention in Schools

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2. Local Prevention Networks in Jordan and Lebanon: What Can Local Actors in Europe and MENA Learn From Each Other? 

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3. Interreligious Dialogue 

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4. Working with families 

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5. Multiagency Approaches 

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6. Tackling Right Wing Extremism 

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7. Whole-of-City Approaches: Does Your City Really Need CVE? 

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8. Building Resilience: Pre- and Post-Incident Responses 

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9. Working with Mentoring Programmes 

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10. Children in Radicalised Families 

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11. Building Resilience from a Police Perspective 

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12. Personal Journeys: Assessing Risk to Radicalisation and Online Violent Extremism 

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13.Working with Female Returnees 

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14. Public Health and Gang Prevention Approaches for Addressing CVE in Tunisia 

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15. Refugees, Integration and Preventing Polarisation 

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16. Developing Local Youth Engagement 

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17. Offline Prevention of Online Radicalisation 

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You can download the report of the SCN Global Summit 2017 here.
You can find the minutes of the third meeting of the SCN International Steering Committee in the SCN Library. (N.B. The SCN Library is members only. Please log in to read the minutes.)

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