The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) is organizing on October 26 a World Ministerial Conference on the fight against hate speech through education.
This event, which will be held online, in the presence of Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Education, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Director-General of Unesco, aims to "mobilize and strengthen the 'Member States' commitment to countering hate speech, both online and offline, through education, ”says Unesco.
Hate speech is on the rise around the world, according to the UN agency, with the potential to incite violence, undermine social cohesion and tolerance, and cause psychological, emotional and physical damage based on xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance and discrimination, adding that “history has shown us that genocide and other atrocity crimes start with words - there is a collective responsibility to tackle hate speech in the present to prevent further violence in the future ”.
Organized by Unesco and the Office of the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG), the Conference will be based on the conclusions of the “Multiparty Global Forum on Combating Hate Speech through Education”, held on September 30 and October 1, 2021.
This Forum brought together online teachers / educators, youth, civil society organizations, human rights experts, tech and social media companies, and government officials, with the aim of promoting a meaningful engagement, discuss the role of education in combating hate speech and identify key recommendations for the Ministerial Conference. Read more