BAKU: Violent extremism ‘affront’ to UN principles, Global Forum told in opening session

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opening-ceremonyThe 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) kicks off at the Baku Convention Centre in Azerbaijan on 26 April 2016. Photo: Masayoshi Suga/UN News Centre

26 April 2016 – The head of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a body mandated to promote harmony among nations, today emphasized the need to counter narratives of hatred and mistrust in order to prevent violent extremism.

“The Alliance is the soft power tool established to contribute to a more peaceful world by countering radicalization and polarization, by encouraging greater intercultural understanding and engaging in projects and programs that advance these goals,” said UNAOC High Representative Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser during the opening session of its 7th Global Forum in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

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