KHARTOUM, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Sudan's National Commission for Counter Terrorism (SNCCT), in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on Thursday launched the project of Partnering Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) in presence of Sudan's First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh.
Government representatives, SNCCT members, UN officials, donors, concerned ministries, civil society organizations, religious leaders and youth groups involved in determining the strategies and solution for combating violent extremism in Sudan were present at the launching event.
Sudan's First-Vice President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh reiterated Sudan government's commitment to cooperating in countering violent extremism in the country.
"We once again reiterate Sudan government's commitment to cooperating against violent extremism," said Saleh when addressing the event.
UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan Marta Ruedas, for her part, said that violent extremism is not affecting just Sudan, but the region as a whole and the world beyond.
She further commended Sudan government's effort in combating violent extremism, saying "I'm particularly pleased that the Government of Sudan has taken this step to examine the root-causes of violent extremism in order to better tailor the appropriate response."
SNCCT Director General Mohamed Jamal Eldin Ahmed, meanwhile, said that "Terrorism is not a local challenge, but it has turned to be a global one, and therefore we establish this partnership with the UNDP with the aim to resolve this thorny issue and lessen the probable risks."
Based on the PAVE project, the partners would formulate a program for countering violent extremism based on three axes, including communication activities and provision of alternative living resources with the aim to give a message on tolerance and peaceful co-existence to resolve the root-causes of violent extremism. Enditem