In February 22, 2021, the Joint Interactive Webinar of the LIVE Initiative of the ATU / DTNU OSCE and the Kofi Annan Foundation “Extremely Together” was held online. The topic of the meeting was understanding the role of youth in interfaith dialogue in the context of activities to prevent and combat violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT).
The webinar was attended by members of the LIVE initiative from Southeastern Europe and Central Asia, including staff from OSCE field operations, representatives of civil society and local institutions interacting with civil society, participants in ATU / DTNU seminars on training trainers for trainers' facilitators. LIVE ”for youth, women and community leaders; youth and women civil society leaders trained through LIVE trainings conducted by OSCE field operations.
Anastasia Reshetnyak, senior research fellow of the International Studies Department, LIVE program alumnus, took part in the dialogue on behalf of the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the webinar, presentations were made by the head of the Extremely Together initiative John Obazhen (Nigeria), co-founder of the Muslim Youth Development Forum Hassan Ndugwa (Uganda), national officers of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina Emin Krnich-Hadzic and Sheila Maslo Cherkic. Speakers highlighted efforts to foster social cohesion among youth of various religious groups, encourage interfaith dialogue and foster mutual understanding.
The event ended with a group discussion, the purpose of which was to analyze practical examples/strategies used by the participants in their work to strengthen interfaith relations, exchange experiences and ideas on activities aimed at developing interfaith dialogue.