Posted on 16/03/2016
Akil Awan at the UNDP Global Meeting in Oslo
Dr Akil Awan from the Department of History spoke yesterday, 15 March 2016, at the United Nations Global Meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism, in Oslo, Norway.
The high level global meeting of 200 government ministers, policymakers, practitioners and civil society partners, also included speeches from key academics who lent expert voices to the debate.
Akil, as one of the expert voices, focussed on Youth radicalism and political violence in the digital era, accounting for the connection between social media technologies and the emergence of new forms of violent extremism, but also discussed the positive role youth demographics may contribute to conflict resolution and peace initiatives.
He also discussed his experiences in the development of UN Security Council Resolution 2250, and how the International community might effectively recognise, support and promote youth-led efforts in supporting the implementation of the resolution.
Watch Akil's speech on YouTube.