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UNESCO-Education as the primary factor to prevent racism and discrimination

UNESCO-Education as the primary factor to prevent racism and discrimination
UNESCO-Education as the primary factor to prevent racism and discrimination

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Education as the primary factor to prevent racism and discrimination was the attention of an event organized by UNESCO at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on 27th September 2018.

UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay in her opening speech highlighted the importance of working as one: “this requires the mobilization of all member states”, she said, “and education is the best tool at our disposal to prevent all forms of intolerance and discrimination and to ensure equal respect for every woman and man,” adding “antisemitism undermines fundamental rights in general. To address it is to defend fundamental freedoms. It is to defend the equal dignity of all human beings.”

The event has honored by the presence of esteemed dignitaries like Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, Prime Minister of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani, and Ministers representing Australia, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Other government officials and senior representatives of civil society organizations were also present in the event. Professor Deborah Lipstadt, of the Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies program at Emory University and Mina Abdelmalak, Arab Outreach Specialist at the Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum were also among the speakers

UNESCO’s extensive work in the field of preventing violent extremism through education has included publications such as Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims (link is external) and co-publishing earlier this year with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the first-ever policy guidelines on Addressing anti-Semitism through education.

News Source: UNESCO Media Service

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