BIC – department AVERA to participate in the Civil Society and Youth Leadership for Transformation e-conference organized by the World Academy of Arts and Science (WAAS)

Submitted by BIC on Sun, 05/17/2020 - 14:36


Global Leadership Summit to address the complex, pressing challenges confronting humanity today as organized by the The World Academy of Art & Science, in partnership with the United Nations at Geneva, in full preparation.


Today the Civil Society and Youth group, one of the 14 Global Leadership working groups, conducted a (virtual) meeting with Brahim Laytouss, section head of BIC-AVERA, as one of the participants.  The focus was centred around preparing proposals for the June 15-19 “Strategies for Transformative Global Leadership” e-conference, one of the events and activities leading up to the “Global Leadership Summit” in Geneva in October 2020.


The working group agreed on the importance of strategies that enhances citizen participation and responsibility in a civil discourse and brings member of society together around shared values, ethics and destinies.  The vision is a global society where everyone can participate in and benefit from working together towards the Greater Good. 


BIC-AVERA proposed some specific initiatives and methodologies to involve youngsters, in particular those of minority subgroups, around building blocks for a civil and inclusive society; as well as a digital survey amongst youngster through its extensive network to uncover some of the challenges and opportunities and verify our assumptions. 


The workgroup’s goal is to summarize its expertise and findings into a list of relevant key topics with practical recommendations and strategies for the UNOG-WAAS Leadership Summit; and that can be utilized by local, national, European and global policy makers and society groups. 



Brussels International Center for Research & Human Rights (BIC-RHR) - Department AVERA (Analysis of Violent Extremism and Radicalization) is an independent, non-profit, think-and-do tank based in the capital of Europe that is committed to developing solutions to address the cyclical drivers of insecurity, extremism, economic fragility, and conflict the Middle East and North Africa.



World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1960 by eminent intellectuals from around the world to develop new perspectives and innovative approaches to meet the global challenges confronting humanity. It is incorporated in California and has special consultative status with UN ECOSOC. The Academy has over 750 Fellows elected for distinction in their fields of work combined with distinguished service addressing global social challenges from a multi-disciplinary, integrated, value-based perspective. In 2013, WAAS and UNOG co-organized a major international conference in Geneva which laid the foundation for the leadership project.


About the UNOG – WAAS Global Leadership in the 21st Century Summit in Geneva on October 27-28, 2020 on the occasion marking the 75th Anniversary of the UN, followed by a report with practical recommendations and an educational and media outreach program:




Dr. Brahim Laytouss

Head of Department AVERA

Avenue Louse 89, 1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 725 29 54 /+32 484 76 89 00