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Countering terrorism and violent extremism

The IPU brings a parliamentary response to countering terrorism and extremism conducive to violence, working in partnership with the United Nations.

In line with our founding principles of dialogue and peace-building, addressing terrorism has been on IPU agendas since the early 20th century, including at its 23rd Conference in 1925 in Washington D.C., USA.

The IPU has set up a Joint Programme on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism of the IPU in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).

The work of the Joint Programme is supported by the IPU’s High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism (HLAG).

The HLAG is composed of members of parliament who have specific relevant knowledge and experience. It usually meets twice a year in camera during IPU Assemblies, although additional meetings may be held outside the Assemblies. It reports to the Governing Council.