NACTA–UNDP sign MoU
In pursuance to the objectives of the National Counter Extremism Policy, NACTA and the United Nations Development Programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Islamabad. The said MoU is signed to cooperate on outreach and development in order to enhance the resilience, empowerment and citizenship engagement of Pakistan’s youth – An integral component of the National Counter Extremism Policy Pakistan to engagement of youth to counter violent extremism and empowering them to be peace agents in society.
The MoU was signed by the NACTA National Coordinator, Ihsan Ghani, and UNDP Pakistan Country Director, Ignacio Artaza.
Under its new National Counter-Extremism Policy, NACTA will be supported by UNDP through a Youth Internship Initiative. These initiatives will create opportunities for Pakistani youth to gain experience in the public policy sector, understand how policy development occurs, and promote collaboration and cooperation between the State and its citizens. National Coordinator NACTA informed that “academics remained an integral part of the formulation of NCEP”.
He further said that NACTA is already engaged with “HEC and academic institutions for engaging and enlisting views of students and faculty regarding ways to build a more peaceful and tolerant environment around us”. The Director General CVE, Ms. Marryam Khan stated that “the policy envisions a whole of government and society response to resolve problems relating to extremism and terrorism”.