UN chief calls for global partnership to prevent violent extremism

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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 9 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that a paradigm shift was needed to address violent extremism affecting communities across the globe.
“Violent extremism is a direct assault on the UN charter and the universal declaration of human rights. It represents a grave threat to international peace and security,” he said following a session of the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism: The Way Forward.
Noting that the international community’s response to violent extremism has centered on countering the threat, the UN chief cautioned that security and military actions alone cannot defeat the spread of groups such as ISIL, al-Qaida and Boko Haram.