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UNESCO Chairs White Paper on Youth Extremism

Today, over 3.5 billion youth and tens of thousands of communities in developing regions (domestically and abroad) face massive challenges brought about by limited access to education and socio-economic development opportunities.

This reality creates an environment in which the active engagement of young people and their communities is essential to high impact capacity building, global security, gender equality, equal access to education for all, and a host of personal and socio- economic development outcomes.

If ignored, this setting may likely signal a tipping point where failure to ensure youth engagement jeopardizes stable, civil societies worldwide. Most visible is the increasing drift of disenfranchised youth to extremist and terrorist activities.

Youth engagement and development is a global security and stability issue, particularly in fragile states. In places were youth are marginalized or excluded, particularly in times of strife and upheaval, the consequences are dire.

This White Paper - Youth Led Pathways from Extremism - brings together best practices and bodies of knowledge that address youth development, digital media/communications, education, conflict mitigation, and community based solutions for countering youth extremism.