Civil Society Events
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Upcoming events organised by EPLO member organisations
Peaceful approaches to Countering Violent Extremism:
Experiences from Central Asia
|Organisers||Search for Common Ground|
|Date||Wednesday 20 May 2015|
|Venue||Search for Common Ground, Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 205, 1040 Brussels|
Over the last fifteen years, many governments have attempted to respond to violent extremism through military methods. These have included targeted killings of leaders of extremist groups, disruption of plots through surveillance, and efforts to constrain their networks by economic sanctions. These efforts to combat violent extremism through violent means have neither curtailed such violence, nor prevented the risk of more of it. The only way forward is to understand what leads someone to commit such acts, and prevent them from making that choice. Violent extremism can be an extremely difficult issue to tackle, particularly when the government and moderate religious leaders lack the theological training, organization, and leadership skills needed to counter radical narratives.
With recent reports in The Guardian putting the number of Central Asian migrants fighting in Syria at 4,000, the devastating effects of violent extremism in the region and beyond cannot be ignored.
In Kyrgyzstan, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is using its global experience with intra-religious dialogue to establish a Consultative Working Group with key government ministries, the security forces and religious institutions in order to explore the roots and potential triggers for violent extremism, and find solutions to prevent it. SFCG's Director for Kyrgyzstan, Keneshbek Sainazarov, will share key insights on peaceful approaches to countering violent extremism in Kyrgyzstan and the wider region.
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|Title||Roundtable on Keeping Peace on the Agenda: What will a peace goal mean for the post-2015 framework?|
|Organisers||World Vision Brussels & EU Representation|
|Date||Thursday 28 May 2015|
|Time||14:00 - 16:00|
|Venue||COMECE, Square de Meeus 19, 1050 Brussels|
This roundtable seeks to explore the European Union's position with regard to the implementation of the post-2015 peace goal and related accountability mechanisms. The event will also focus on the expected benefits of the peace goal for the broader post-2015 sustainable development agenda. It aims to raise awareness amongst EU representatives and civil society of the role that children and young people play in peacebuilding as agents of change.
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Upcoming events organised by other organisations
|Title||Health Through Peace 2015: Confronting War, Militarisation and Global Insecurity|
|Type||Teach-In and Forum|
|Date||13-14 November 2015|
War, armed conflict and militarism end and blight the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. These problems are being intensified by climate change, resource depletion and increasing inequality, as well as a growing and unaccountable military-industrial complex.Our response to these issues relies on too narrow an idea of what it means to be secure, whilst we continue to believe that we can protect ourselves from complex threats by military power alone. Doing so in an increasingly inter-connected and fragile world only accentuates our insecurity. Nurses, doctors and other health professionals have a key role to play in challenging the drivers of war and armed conflict. We can also promote of a vision of security that is based on health, sustainability, peace and, ultimately, our common humanity. We are calling on the UK health community to promote health by confronting war and militarisation, and tackling the root drivers of global insecurity.
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