The former President of Slovenia and member of the Club de Madrid, Danilo Türk participated in the Special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and technical sessions of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate with Member States and international and regional organizations on “Preventing Terrorists from Exploiting the Internet and Social Media to Recruit Terrorists and Incite Terrorist Acts, while Respecting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” (16-17 December).
The objective of this technical session was to improve cooperation between governments and the private sector, with a view to preventing and combating the use of Internet and social media by extremism groups for recruitment and communication purposes.
President Türk presented at the UN the results of Club de Madrid recent annual Policy Dialogue Madrid+10: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and its final document: the Global Consensus. He also highlighted the Madrid+10 efforts of bringing a set of elements for a new and effective framework for preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization, with a particular focus on technology, inclusion and credibility.
Türk explained the importance of engaging civil society and community stakeholders: women, youth, religious and social leaders, and NGOs, “their voices should be more than heard by policy-makers and political leaders, an indispensable partner in the debate on counter-narrative and countering violent extremism”.
There is an urgent need to channel substantial resources in building better partnerships that empower relevant non-state actors and enable an effective and stronger counter-narrative for youth and the rest of the society.
Madrid+10 aims to further strengthen the role of the private sector, tech companies and NGOs in facilitating the strategic dissemination of counter-narratives and alternative messages.