News: Experts on the Prevention of Violent Extremism address the factors leading to extremist violence in the Euromediterranean region


  • Members of the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV) define a joint roadmap to move from Combating Extremist Violence (CEV) to Preventing Extremist Violence (PEV) in the Euromediterranean region.
  • PEV experts from different fields shared experiences and good practices in Aman, Jordan, during the international meeting on Prevention of Violent Extremism “Roadmap to Progress – from CVE to PVE”, organized by Novact within the framework of the OPEV (Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence).

Amman, Jordan | October 2019

Novact, in the marc of Observatory to Prevent Violent Extremism (OPEV), organized a regional conference on the Euromediterranean best practices and policies to prevent violent extremism with a whole society approach in Amman, Jordan, last 24th October at the Grant Hyatt hotel.

The one day conference was attended by about 80 representatives of Governments, Diplomatic mission, UN Agencies, Civil Society and academic experts gathered in Amman, to discuss best practices and methodologies in preventing violent extremism in the Mediterranean region.

The OPEV member organizations and international experts on PEV were able to share their views on the diversity of this phenomenon in the Euromediterranean region, focusing both on violent extremist groups and individuals as well as on the policies of companies and states that reinforce extremist violence. In addition, the participants shared methodologies and research to help find joint action strategies between organizations, institutions and civil society across the region to tackle violent extremism locally and globally.

The conference started with a welcoming session by Ms. Samar Muhareb OPEV representative in Jordan, Mr. Aránzazu Bañón the Ambassador of Spain in Jordan, Mr. Manel Vila, the General Director of the ACCD, Mr. Baker al-Hiyari, regional representative of UNDP Jordan, and Mr. Ghassan AbulGhanam, Director of the P/CVE Unit of Jordan Government.

The conference program included three major specialized panels. The first panel discussion focused on the state of PVE in the region by providing a global analysis on the status of PVE and best practices applied across the region. The second panel titled “Public policies experiences on preventing violent extremism in the MENA region“. The panelists presented regional experiences representing the Government of Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, and the UNDP regional PVE programmes.

The Third panel emphasized on key innovative contributions of civil society and lessons learned, to which civil society organizations and academic experts provided valuable inputs. Several Civil Society participants contributions stressed contextualized resilience building approaches, youth-led and community-based PVE programmes, as well as the importance of monitoring and evaluating plans, programmes and projects to learn what works and what does not in the Euromediterranean region.

The OPEV members represented the Jordanian civil society actors including NOVACT, International Institute for Nonviolent Action, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), West and East Center for Human Development, and Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT). The conference was held in coordination with the PVE unit of the Government of Jordan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the support of the Catalan Agency for Cooperation and Development (ACCD) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID).

About OPEV:
The Observatory to the Prevention of Violent Extremism (OPEV) is an active platform of civil society organizations from across the Euro-Mediterranean region that aims to provide a constructive vision for the prevention of violent extremism. This initiative is driven by Novact.

Taking into account the lessons learned in recent decades and the challenges ahead, this platform coordinates the monitoring efforts of the implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Civil Society Action Plan to prevent all forms of violent extremism.

The OPEV defines ”Violent Extremism” as any ideology based on totalitarian, fanatical, intolerant, patriarchal, anti-democratic or antipluralist values that justify the use of violence to achieve its objectives.

The OPEV, does not follow the dynamics of any state and does not support any war on terrorism.

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