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Fourth Global Summit — Whole-of-City Models for Prevention: An Exchange with New York City’s Hate and Extremism Prevention Policymakers and Practitioners

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On 19 – 21 September 2023, Strong Cities Network held its Fourth Global Summit in New York City, which brought together over 240 participants, including city leaders and practitioners representing more than 115 cities from 50 countries globally. The Summit featured 11 events and provided city officials from diverse contexts  to share and learn from promising practices for city-led prevention of hate, polarisation and extremism. Read the event report here.

The programme included a half-day workshop on ‘Whole-of-City Models for Prevention’, held in partnership with New York University’s (NYU) Center for Global Affairs and New York City’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC), which coordinates multiple city agencies and community-based partners to reduce hate crime and related harms in what is one of the world’s most diverse and largest cities. The work of OPHC, which is led by Executive Director, Hassan Naveed, and which includes, for example, a citywide Breaking Bread, Building Bonds initiative that brings different communities together to enhance inter-communal trust, has contributed to a 16% decrease in hate crimes in the last fiscal year, as noted by Camille Varlack, Chief of Staff to Mayor Eric Adams of New York City. This event was inspired by both OPHC’s achievements and the numerous innovative multi-actor efforts that other cities across Strong Cities’ membership and beyond are deploying to address hate, extremism and polarisation, and to foster inclusive and resilient communities. The workshop featured a series of panels in which local government representatives were invited to share their achievements and challenges with such efforts, ultimately showcasing why local governments are so vital to effectively and sustainably addressing threats of hate and extremism.


Event Report