UN News Centre: 27 April 2016 – “In a virtual world, everyone can be a world-saving hero,” an Arab entrepreneur from Israel told the UN News Centre in Baku, underscoring the potential of online games to bridge the divide between young adults in conflict zones and foster inclusive society. Hans Shakur, a co-founder of GamesForPeace, […]
A project platform and network that makes social engagement and neighbourhood work accessible to Berlin’s large non-German speaking population – winner of an intercultural innovation award at a United Nations forum in Baku today – was sparked by one woman’s own migrant experience and the rise of xenophobia in Europe.
The risk of violent extremism and terrorism can be reduced by guaranteeing social and human rights as well as access to opportunities and employment. That’s according to the man who heads a UN initiative which promotes mutual respect among people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.
At a United Nations Forum under way in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, senior UN officials today stressed the important role the private sector plays in creating inclusive communities, underscoring that companies cannot operate successfully in societies that fail.
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