Thematic Working Groups

PWG-PVE will be structured around the Thematic Working Groups, to be identified by the temporary Advisory Board with consideration of the regional needs and priorities.

Each Thematic Working Group will operate with the guidance of a leader and deputy leader.

Key functions and tasks to be carried out by Thematic Working Groups include:

  • Collection and dissemination of knowledge, expertise and thematic good practices;
  • Identification of practitioners;
  • Announcement of Call for papers and ideas;
  • Organisation of the Thematic Working Groups’ meetings;
  • Organisation of regional meetings with other stakeholders; and
  • Development of a thematic annual work plan

The Thematic Working Groups draft a thematic annual working plan that includes (for example):

  • Online meetings schedule;
  • Themes of the meeting and events; or
  • Targeted stakeholders and beneficiaries, among others

The thematic annual working plan will be developed in agreement by the Administrative Office and leaders of the Thematic Working Groups, with the technical assistance of UNODC, and finally approved by the Advisory Board. The thematic annual working plan will include the identification and agreement on host countries of the Administrative Office.

The Thematic Working Groups can vary according to regional priorities.

A specific and cross-cutting gender approach will be adopted by each Thematic Working Group, ensuring that the specific needs and standards applicable to women and girls are met within each working field to prevent and counter violent extremism.

Suggested Preparatory Thematic Working Groups based on the regional needs and priorities and associated with the key priority areas of the UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism:

  1. Strengthening Human Rights and the Rule of Law Approaches by Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Sectors
  2. Engaging Communities and Strengthening Their Resilience to Violent Extremism
  3. Empowering Youth and Enhancing Their Involvement in Preventing Violent Extremism
  4. Gender Equality and Empowering Women Enhancing Their Engagement in Preventing Violent Extremism
  5. Education, Critical thinking, Skill Development and Employment Facilitation
  6. Strategic Communications, the Internet, and social media

SEAN-PVE is generously funded by the Government of Japan (since April 2018 to date).