In July 2016, the General Assembly passed resolution 70/291, which invited Member States and regional organizations to consider the development of their own PVE Plans consistent with the United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. To take action on this important mandate, the UNOCT organized an Inter-Agency Expert Retreat on the Development of National and Regional PVE Action Plans in Manhasset, New York, on 22-23 February 2017, in which a wide variety of United Nations offices, non-governmental organizations and civil society groups participated. The good practices and lessons learned, showcased in the Reference Guide, are the product of this Retreat.
Several Member States and regional organizations have already adopted or are developing PVE Plans with the support of the United Nations, upon their request. A range of Member States and regional organizations are requesting the United Nations and other stakeholders to support their efforts to develop National and Regional PVE Action Plans which must ensure national and regional ownership and political commitment. This Reference Guide builds upon the available practice, and seeks to enhance the capability of the Member States and organizations to direct and tailor the development of their PVE plans, while also providing practical guidance for stakeholders shepherding the process.