The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres who is in Kenya has opened the Africa Counter High Level Counter Terrorism conference which opened in the capital, Nairobi on Wednesday.
During the two-day event countries and agencies will share best practice in tackling extremism.
Several head of states and government are attending the event led by Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, Somalia which does not enjoy good diplomatic ties with the host over disputed maritime border is represented by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo National security advisor, Abdi Said Ali.
Inclusive and cohesive communities are essential to tackle violent extremism and terrorism. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said during in visit to Kamkunji constituency on Tuesday.
Accompanied by the area member of parlaiment, Gueterres said he was extremely impressed by the comprehensive approach the Kamukunji community in Kenya is taking, with prevention and innovation at the center of their strategy.
Somali based armed group al -Shabaab remains the biggest terror threat in the region.
The group carried out wave of attacks in Kenya and Uganda in retaliation for troops presence inside Somalia.
It recruited and radicalized hundreds of young Kenyans who are currently at its ranks, some were responsible for the Dusit D2 hotel attack in Nairobi on January, More 20 people were killed including foreign nationals from US and UK.