Jordan crown prince takes on youth issues, extremism at UN

Published April 24th, 2015 - 07:27 GMT

Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups, reported AFP. 

The crown prince was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council meeting. 

“Swift measures should be taken to stop feeding the fires of terrorism with the blood of our youth,” said the prince at the open debate, on the "Role of Youth in Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace," according to the Jordan Times. He argued that the way to counter youth recruitment  is through education and job opportunities, to prevent feelings of hopelessness and exclusion that make youth “prime victims” of extremism, according to AFP. 

Anthropologist Scott Atran also spoke at the meeting, describing Al Qaeda and its spinoff Daesh as “the world’s most dynamic countercultural movement.” 

A recent UN report shows an increase from last year in the number of foreign fighters joining Daesh and Al Qaeda, with over 25,000 militants hailing from more than 100 countries getting involved in armed conflicts. 

Jordanians have largely denounced Daesh, especially after a video releasead in February depicted Daesh militants burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot, who was fighting alongside an international coalition to combat the group.  

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