Hariri and government ministers attend a conference in Beirut on preventing violent extremism. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The global Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism launched by the United Nations in 2015 has reached its first milestone in Lebanon, but the road toward implementation of a concerted strategy now lies ahead. The National Strategy to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE), officially launched on Dec. 20 during an interministerial meeting, contains nine pillars agreed upon by representatives of all ministries. "There is a big difference between the concept of countering terrorism, which is a hard tool, and preventing violent extremism, which is more like building the immunity system of the Lebanese government to be more resilient to violent extremism," Abu Zeinab told The Daily Star.Consequently, the national strategy put in place did not focus on easy fixes, but rather on long-term strategies to boost education, economic development and good governance, she explained.
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