15.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

UNESCO Beirut organizes an "International Conference on Youth and Information and Communication Technologies: Preventing Violent Extremism in Cyberspace"

Under the patronage of the Lebanon's Minister of Information, UNESCO Beirut organizes in collaboration with the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and the Rotary Club of Beirut -1931, an International Conference on the theme “Youth and Information and Communication Technologies: Preventing Violent Extremism in Cyberspace” to be held from May 17th to 19th, 2017 at Bristol Hotel, Beirut.

This conference is part of the series of conferences organized by UNESCO with Information for All Programme (IFAP): the “Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism”, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 2015; and "Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living together", organized by UNESCO and the Government of Quebec in 2016 in Quebec. Both conferences focused on experiences, best practices and policy interventions, specific projects and processes aiming at countering extremism and radicalization in cyberspace with a focus on young people. Both events sought to identify and bolster areas for UNESCO’s action, across all relevant sectors and youth programmes, thus the Call for Quebec represents some of the major challenges and ways ahead.

The conference will bring together UNESCO experts, researchers in sociology and social media, civil society representatives as well as government officials and private sector institutions as well as youth social media activists from 19 countries: France, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Egypt, Netherlands, Sudan, Palestine, Syria, Iran, Russia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Botswana, Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, Oman and Kuwait. It will serve as a platform to exchange ideas and experiences with experts and cyber activists, with the objective to explore ways of preventing radicalization leading to violent extremism as well as discrimination and hatred on the Internet.

The opening will take place on Wednesday May 17th, at 3 pm The conference will hold 8 sessions, and will be concluded on Friday 19th at 1.30 with the “Call of Beirut”.

Opening Session:

- Lebanese anthem, songs for peace, and cultural diversity – Fayha Choir

- Address of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO – Prof. Henri Awit – President

- Address of UNESCO Office in Beirut – Dr. Hamed bin Saif Al Hammami – Director

- Address of the Rotary Club de Beyrouth (1931) – Mr. Zouheir Bizri – President 

- Address of Byblos Municipality – Mr. Ziad Hawat – Mayor

- Address of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) – Ms. Chafica Haddad – Chairperson

- Address of the Patronage – H.E. Minister Melhem Riachy – Minister of Information

Introductory Session:

- Intervention of Dr. Boyan Radoykov – Chief of Section of Knowledge Societies Division – UNESCO

- Intervention of Dr. Marc Hecker – Director of publications at the French Institute of International Relations




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