7th UNAOC Global Forum will address UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism

New York, April 25, 2016. The upcoming 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) will put a focus on the Prevention of Violent Extremism, echoing the Plan of Action that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced in January 2016.

In a dedicated plenary session, experts will discuss “Platforms and Partnerships for the Prevention of Violent Extremism” to address the global partnership and the ‘One UN approach’ towards violent extremism that the Plan of Action calls for.
The panel will include Former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin, and Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, Jean-Paul Laborde.

“The ‘One UN approach’, the partnerships across the UN family and multiple sectors of society, is what UNAOC has been focusing on since its inception”, said United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser. “The Forum is an ideal convening platform and UNAOC the catalyst for discussions and good practices on preventing violent extremism.”

The Secretary-General’s Plan of Action also stipulates the important role of faith and community leaders to promote understanding between communities. To this effect the breakout session “Religious Leaders and Violent Extremism: The Challenges of Prevention” will bring together experts to jointly examine how those leaders can be ideally equipped and empowered to prevent violent extremism and to contribute to peaceful and inclusive societies.

This session will, amongst others, feature Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria), Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary-General of the World Conference of the Religions for Peace, and Dr. Fatemeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, Secretary-General of Women’s Solidarity Association of Iran.

Further information:

The plenary session “Platforms and Partnerships for the Prevention of Violent Extremism” will take place on April 26, 2016, 11:30-1:00pm AZT (7:30-9:00am GMT).

The breakout session “Religious Leaders and Violent Extremism: The Challenges of Prevention” will take place on April 26, 2016, 2:30-4:00pm AZT (10:30am-12:00pm GMT).

Both sessions are broadcasted live on and

A detailed program as well as concept notes and the speaker list can be found at the Forum’s website

About the Forum:

The Forum will take place on 25-27 April 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan, bringing together around 2,500 heads of states, government officials, civil society, religious and youth leaders to share their perspectives and solutions on “Living Together in Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal”. The theme reflects UNAOC’s core mission to improve understanding and collaboration among peoples across cultures by reducing polarization. The definition of feasible and global solutions also contributes to achieving SDG 16 of the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda, which calls for the promotion of “just, peaceful and inclusive societies” as well as SDG 17, which aims at “revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.”

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