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04.06.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Beate and Serge Klarsfeld participate in the launch of the UNESCO/OSCE co-publication “Addressing anti-Semitism through Education: Guidelines for Policymakers”

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On 4 June, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors and Special Envoys for Education about the Holocaust and the Prevention of Genocide, participated in the launch ceremony of the guide “Addressing anti-Semitism through Education: Guidelines for Policymakers”, produced by UNESCO in partnership with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

This guide is part of UNESCO's activities on the prevention of violent extremism through education, with the aim of offering concrete ways to address anti-Semitism ideas and all forms of intolerance and discrimination.

In her opening speech, Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, emphasized the power of education against prejudices, anti-Semitism and violent extremism.

"Our responsibility is to fight hatred in people's minds, wherever they come from, based on shared values, and not giving up on anyone. I must say that this is the second time that UNESCO has been working with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on Education. We already published in 2011 a guide against Islamophobia. I see the persistence of an ambition, building through education a global citizenship, which refuses and fights all discrimination. I also see a continuity, without naivety and without discouragement, to deconstruct prejudices and build peace in the minds of the younger generations”, said Audrey Azoulay.

The presentation of the publication was followed by a panel discussion on the role of education in the prevention of anti-Semitism entitled "How can policymakers ensure an effective role for education in addressing anti-Semitism?".

The discussions brought together opinion leaders, including the emblematic figure in the struggle against anti-Semitism Serge Klarsfeld, UNESCO Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy, but also Mina Abdelmalak, Arab Outreach Specialist of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Johanna Barasz, Deputy Delegate of the French Inter-Ministerial Delegation on Combatting Racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hate.

Serge and Beate Klarsfeld were designated UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors and Special Envoys for Education about the History of Holocaust and Genocide Prevention in October 2015. This title was bestowed upon them in recognition of their unwavering commitment to justice and truth, their fight for the dignity of the Jewish victims of Nazism, particularly through the Association of the Sons and Daughters of Deported French Jews.




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