Global Summit 2018

The SCN Global Summit delivered:

  • 1. Knowledge sharing and learning

    40 mayors and elected officials
    gained access to world-leading
    experts in the application
    of prevention and resilience
    strategies in multiple local

  • 2. Strengthened international local capacity

    32 countries across five
    continents were represented,
    enabling improved coordination
    between national and local

  • 3. Innovative, relevant and
    practical training

    81 speakers presented
    pioneering research and
    practitioner expertise across
    multiple workshops.

Countries represented at the SCN Global Summit 2018


  • 91% said the Summit improved their understanding of violent extremism and P/CVE.
  • 92% reported that the Summit improved their ability to create P/CVE initiatives.
  • 86% said the knowledge and information gained would directly lead to improvements to their P/CVE programmes.
  • 95% reported that the Summit gave them better access to support networks and resources.
  • 93% found the Summit useful to very useful in terms of networking with global counterparts.
  • 92% felt that SCN membership is valuable to their city.




The 2018 SCN Global Summit in Melbourne encompassed plenary sessions and breakout workshops between 11 and 12 July 2018. Delegates from cities, municipalities and local communities around the world had the opportunity to focus on specific issues pertinent to their own context, ranging from local action planning, countering polarisation/populism, youth engagement, disengagement and recruitment trends. The event also incorporated the fourth annual meeting of the SCN International Steering Committee as well as the Mayoral Leadership Forum for mayors, governors and elected officials, which saw the official adoption of the SCN Melbourne Declaration.

All the biographies and presentations delivered during open sessions are available at this link.


Prior to the official conference opening, the SCN International Steering Committee met on Tuesday 10 July for their fourth annual session, to discuss the needs and priorities of member cities spanning multiple global regions.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for mayoral teams to engage with one another, as well as receive a  comprehensive update from SCN members, summarising achievements to date and priorities for future impact.



On Wednesday 11 July Victoria State Government and ISD formally opened the third SCN Global Summit with an address welcoming delegates to Melbourne and showcasing the State Government’s leadership on multiculturalism and resilience.

Prof. Kumar Ramakrishna from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore opened the keynotes with a focus on the evolving threat of ISIS and other terrorist and extremist groups in South East Asia and the Asia Pacific region, which continues to directly impact its cities, towns and local communities (presentation available here). He then proceeded to give an overview of CVE initiatives in the region. Prof. Ramakrishna’s presentation was of particular relevance to over half of the attending delegates who were from the region.

A panel discussion between mayoral and subnational leaders followed, where elected local officials gathered to discuss the ethical, conceptual and practical challenges they faced as leaders in the P/CVE space, and their role and responsibility to act.

Hon. Robin Scott MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance, Victoria State Government (Australia)

H.E. Governor Hassan Ali Joho, County of Mombasa (Kenya)
Mayor Ahmad Kamareddine, Tripoli (Lebanon)
Mayor Maria Climaco-Salazar, City of Zamboanga (Philippines)
Mayor Majul Gandamra, Marawi (Philippines)
Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga, TN (USA)

A presentation by Tim Holding of King’s College London then discussed public policy in the age of violent extremism and raised crucial questions for policymakers, drawing on his own background as a former elected official in Victoria.

Finally, Eric Rosand of PVE Solutions then facilitated a panel on global-local integration (GLI), where national and subnational government officials, as well as representatives from multilateral bodies and civil society organisations (CSOs), discussed the need for enhanced ‘vertical cooperation’ between local and national government actors, and the necessity of building capacity at the local level.

Mr Olivier Plasman
, Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium)
Yenny Wahid, Wahid Foundation (Indonesia)
Marryam Khan, Pakistani Ministry of Interior (Pakistan)
Alexander Macario, Philippine Ministry of Interior (Philippines)
Mayor Gopaul Boodhan, Chaguanas Borough Corporation (Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)
Malek Kochlef, Tunisian Office of the Presidency (Tunisia)


This closed session was designed as a unique forum for mayors and elected officials to discuss building stronger and smarter cities, as well as the challenges of violent extremism and how they can be overcome.

Particular focus was paid to the role that the Strong Cities Network, the private sector, and civil society should play in this.

Speakers highlighted a number of pioneering P/CVE initiatives which blended high-tech developments with grassroots activism, with the aim of producing stronger cities that successfully prevent and withstand violent extremism, while building social cohesion and a strong civil society. The session also provided a space for mayors and elected officials to openly discuss the most effective ways to prevent violent extremism, with particular emphasis paid to the roles of youth and media. Recommendations included empowering and supporting youth by providing them with tools to innovate and amplify their voices; to engage with the media, particularly in times of crisis;  and finding common ground with political opponents to ensure that P/CVE policies transcend party politics and endure through political transitions.

Lastly, the forum saw the official adoption of the SCN Melbourne Declaration.



Focusing on interdisciplinary learning and a breadth of thematic issues, these workshops brought together delegates from policy, practice, academic and other backgrounds, drawing on positive case studies, first-hand experience and opportunities for innovation in P/CVE.


This panel discussed innovations in communications, data and social enterprise to help tackle issues across the spectrum, from terrorism and violent extremism, through to social polarisation and hate crime.

Saad Mohseni, CEO, MOBY Group (Afghanistan)
Dr. Kate Barelle, Chief Impact Officer, STREAT (Australia)
Jonathan Birdwell, Head of Policy and Research, ISD (UK)

LA Mayor's officePrivate sector panellists and city leaders, were finally called on to explore fresh views on Public Private Partnerships and the potential offered by the inclusion of social enterprises, the tech industry and other private companies into social cohesion and anti-polarisation work. Finally, some inspiration was provided through the presentations of leading cities in the realm of P/CVE, through which best practices and valuable experiences were shared.

All workshops, plenary sessions and side events offered a unique opportunity to bring together diverse local stakeholders, challenge existing practice and strategy, and inspire new pioneering approaches.

Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga, TN (USA)
Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer, Office of Mayor Garcetti, Los Angeles (USA)
Shinya Kukita, Chief Engineer at Global Business Unit, NEC (Japan)
David Scharia, Chief of Branch, UNCTED (USA)
Phillip Ullmann, Chief Energizer, Cordant Group (UK)

Links to the presentations are available below.

Please click here for a copy of the SCN Global Summit 2018 Report.