The Madrid+10 initiative aims to inform and empower stakeholders – including government officials and civil society organizations – in the struggle against radicalization and violent extremism to effectively tackle these challenges while respecting democracy and the rule of law. The initiative’s objectives are to:
- Create a process through which expertise and political experience are channeled into the formulation of a Global Consensus on Preventing and Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism. The consensus document, to be signed by all participants, will consist of a Declaration of Principles linked to the four policy briefs produced as part of the Policy Dialogue.
- Organize a Policy Dialogue and workshops to generate international attention and commitment for the Global Consensus, making it possible for citizens, leaders and CSOs to join international institutions and governments as integral parts of the process.
- Sustain engagement and progress through an interactive online platform that will be live for at least 12 months after the Policy Dialogue
On October 27-28, a Policy Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism was held in Madrid with the objective of channeling the collective wisdom, ideas, experience and political will of policymakers and academics from all over the world. The result was the Global Consensus: a set of principles, values and guidelines for how governments, businesses, and civil society organizations can work together to confront and prevent radicalization and violent extremism. This accord is to serve as a benchmark, resource and source of inspiration to political leaders on how to respond to the daunting challenge of radicalization and violent extremism. The Global Consensus builds on work done by the WLA-CdM in 2005, specifically the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security and the Madrid Agenda produced by WLA-CdM Members, political leaders and experts. It also ties in with – and furthers – international initiatives on preventing and countering violent extremism, notably the European Commission and European Council conclusions of 9th February 2015; USG’s recent initiatives and White House Summit on 18-19 February 2015; Council of Europe action plan announced on 19th May 2015, and the leaders’ summit against violent extremism that took place during the 2015 UN General Assembly.
The Global Consensus includes ideas for community-based recommendations and good practices on the following thematic streams: