SCN chairs session at the Global Counter Terrorism Forum’s Coordination Committee meeting

SCN chaired the first session of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum’s 14th Coordination (GCTF) Committee Meeting on 24 September in New York on the margins of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The session, GCTF and Local Impact – the Role of Cities and Communities, focused on three of the GCTF’s areas of…
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SCN conducts city consultations in the Western Balkans

Last week, the SCN team led consultation activities with member cities and local stakeholders in Kosovo and Macedonia. Following an engagement and training phase that led more than 40 municipalities across the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) to join the SCN, we are now seeking to deepen our engagement and…
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Youth from Ain el-Hillweh Refugee Camp in Saida launch their campaign

Youth from the Ain El-Hillweh Refugee Camp in Saida (Lebanon) launched their campaign – an online show – aiming to break negative stereotypes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The campaign kicked off following a three-day workshop in Beirut last May. The workshop, organised by SCN in collaboration with YouthCAN, brought together 23 Youth Participants with…
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Lebanon: Saida’s Strong Cities Community Prevention Network concludes their PVE Teacher Training

Lebanon: Saida’s Strong Cities Community Prevention Network concludes their PVE Teacher Training in the presence of Mayor Seoudi and Head of Parliamentarian Committee for Education, MP Hariri. As part of its 2018 series of activities, the Strong Cities Community Prevention Network of Saida delivered a Teachers’ Prevention of Violent Extremism training to 28 participants from the…
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Why Liveability Indexes Need a Rethink

Authors: Jonathan Birdwell, Joe Downy, Strong Cities Network With the global rise of xenophobia and extremism, it is vital that liveability indexes consider city-level community polarisation – our “ability to live together.” Last month, The Economist published its latest Global Liveability Index (GLI). After a reign at the top of the list for seven years, Melbourne was displaced by Vienna…
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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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