Under Secretary Sewall To Lead U.S. Delegation to the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 7, 2016


Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will lead the U.S. delegation to the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism on April 8.

Hosted by the United Nations and Switzerland, this Ministerial will bring together state ministers, other government officials, civil society, and experts to further international work to adopt a comprehensive approach that not only encompasses security-based counterterrorism measures, but highlights the need for systematic preventive measures to directly address the drivers of violent extremism at the local, national, regional, and global levels. Participants will exchange best practices in addressing the drivers of violent extremism and give further consideration to the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.

Other delegation members include U.S. Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Pamela Hamamoto; Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations David Robinson; Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell; and USAID Acting Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Thomas H. Staal.

For further information, please contact Virginia Blakeman at BlakemanVH@state.gov. To follow the trip and for more information on the State Department’s work on civilian security, democracy, and human rights, follow us on Twitter @CivSecatState or visit 2009-2017.state.gov/j.