CTED, Alliance of Civilizations sign cooperation agreement

His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Mr. Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), signed an Agreement on Cooperation on 4 June 2014 in New York.

His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser(left), next to him is Jean-Paul Laborde, the Executive Director of CTED

The Agreement reflects a commitment on the part of the two organizations to strengthen coordination in their efforts to counter extremism and intolerance and to enhance dialogue and understanding among civilizations.

The Alliance has recently taken part in several CTED activities, including its series of regional workshops on countering incitement motivated by extremism and intolerance in accordance with Security Council resolution 1624 (2005).

Mr. Laborde delivered a keynote address to the Alliance's ambassadorial-level meeting on "Strengthening International Cooperation in Preventing Terrorism", held in New York in February.

The Alliance is currently engaged in many innovative projects aimed at improving intercultural understanding and addressing feelings of isolation among certain groups, especially vulnerable young people. These projects aim, for example, to promote greater openness to different points of view by media outlets and to expand cultural awareness and tolerance among youth, including through a summer school program.

The Agreement recognizes that, even though the Alliance is not primarily a counter-terrorism entity, its work is nonetheless of considerable value to the global counter-terrorism effort because it aims to combat and prevent the hatred and extremism that can serve as conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.

It establishes a regular framework for consultation and commits the two organizations to providing practical support for each other's activities, wherever feasible, in order to achieve their common goals.


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