Appeal of Conscience Foundation annual event call to action against Violent Extremism
On 19 September, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova attended the 51st Appeal of Conscience Foundation annual event, founded and presided by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, in New York.
The event made a powerful call to action for greater solidarity, including interreligious dialogue, in the fight against violent extremism. At a time when all societies face the rising threat of terrorism, the Appeal of Conscience marked a moment of unity in defence of human rights and dignity, and fundamental freedoms, as the basis for tolerance, respect and peace.
During this special event, French President François Hollande was awarded the 2016 Appeal of Conscience World Statesman Award “for his leadership in safeguarding democracy and freedom in a time of terror attacks and for his contribution to stability and global security”.
This year’s event also honored Carlos Slim Helú, President of the Carlos Slim Foundation, and Co Chair of the Broadband Commission of Sustainable Digital Development, of which Irina Bokova is co vice Chair, with ITU Secretary-General Mr Houlin ZHAO. Andrew Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Dow Chemical Company, was awarded with the 2016 Appeal of Conscience Award.
With Henry Kissinger and heads of states, the event brought together world leaders, representatives of major religions from across the world and the private sector, as well as marking 51 years of work of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation in promoting mutual understanding and respect between people of different cultures and religions, for greater tolerance, respect and dialogue for peace, across the world.
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