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Last week Lebanon conducted its third iteration of the national consultative workshop on Preventing Violent Extremism with special focus on urban/rural development and engaging local communities.Through a tripartite partnership between Lebanon, Denmark and the Strong Cities Network -- a global network of cities coming together to exchange best practices and promote local solutions to prevention of violent extremism Lebanon is developing the necessary platforms for localizing its national PVE strategy.These are responsible for coordinating local prevention efforts across various stakeholders, determining priorities, designing and delivering projects tailored to the local context, and supporting implementation of national priorities and policies for preventing violent extremism.Earlier this month, the national coordinator for preventing violent extremism and the Strong Cities Network co-hosted a roundtable for heads of Lebanese unions of municipalities discussing the role of mayors in preventing violent extremism, as municipalities are the closest representative of the state to local communities.
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