United Nations, New York

Organized By : Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (United Nations)

This event aims at discussing the role of religious leaders and actors to address hate speech and prevent incitement to violence during the annual Interfaith Harmony Week. In this context, it also aims at exploring synergies between the Fez Plan of Action and the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech, as well as other relevant UN initiatives. Ms. Nihal Saad, Chief of Cabinet and Spokesperson of UNAOC, is one of the speakers.

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New York

Organized By : Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (United Nations)

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations
The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
The World Council of Churches

10:00am - 12:00pm

United Nations Secretariat Building 
Conference Room #5

Panel of Speakers 

  • H.E. Ambassador Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the UN 
  • Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect (via video message)
  • Fr. Michael Lapsley SSM, Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories, South Africa. Father Lapsley has been awarded the Public Peace Prize 2016, in the top category “Global Peace and Reconciliation – Internationally-Reputed Peacemaker”
  • Dr. Purnaka L. de Silva, PhD., Founding Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta, former combatant in Sri Lanka.

UN Headquarters

Organized By : Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (United Nations)

The 2016 symposium will focus on the theme of religion, violence and extremism. Listen to and discuss the topic with esteemed religious leaders, UN officials, university professors, and representatives of faith-based and civil society organizations.

Speakers include, among others, Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Under-Secretary-General/Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide; Mr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office for the UN Department of Political Affairs; Dr. Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture at the United Nations Population Fund; Dr. John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, Georgetown University; Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Dr. Clare Amos, Programme Executive for Inter-Religious Dialogue at the World Council of Churches; and Dr. Ganoune Diop, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Organizers: General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists; World Council of Churches

Co-sponsors: United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force for Engagement with Faith-Based Organizations; The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations; Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN; and Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

Session One: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Session Two: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

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