State Department to Co-Host Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 25, 2015

More than 100 youth activists and government officials from dozens of countries, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan, will participate in the Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism, which will take place on September 28 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

The public-private event, co-hosted by the State Department, Counter Extremism Project, and Search for Common Ground, will feature a number of senior U.S. government officials, including Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.

The Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism will build upon a sustained global, grassroots effort – spearheaded by young people all over the world – to build resilience against extremism. The Summit will highlight new ideas on how to best build resilience in each of the communities represented, and give youth an opportunity to engage their peers in the development of locally-sourced answers that address societal challenges.

Participants will present key recommendations from the Global Youth Summit in the form of a Youth Action Agenda at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism that President Obama will convene at the UN on September 29.

Members of the press are invited to attend. Please email Virginia Blakeman at for more information and to RSVP.