Australia to host regional summit to counter violent extremism

16 May 2015

Australia will be hosting the Regional Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit: Challenging Terrorist Propaganda in Sydney from 11 to 12 June 2015. The regional summit follows from the White House CVE Summit in February 2015, which I attended on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Prime Minister will open the Summit, which will also be addressed by the Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP. The Summit will be co-chaired by the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP and me.

Government, civil society and industry participants from over 30 nations around the region will discuss ways to improve regional coordination and increase capacity to challenge terrorist propaganda and recruitment.

The Summit provides an important platform for participants to collaborate to highlight the lies of extremist groups, develop counter narratives and turn vulnerable individuals away from violent extremism.

A key focus of the Summit will be to identify and develop practical resources and strategies to address the shared threat posed by terrorist propaganda and exploitation of the Internet. ISIL alone is disseminating upwards of 100,000 pieces of propaganda per day on just one social media platform, grooming and taking advantage of vulnerable individuals.

The Regional CVE Summit will build on the important work underway globally to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178 and a report on progress in the region will be provided to the UN General Assembly Leaders’ meeting in September 2015.

The Government looks forward to welcoming participants to the Regional Summit in June.