» The Director-General celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Aladdin Project against racism and anti-Semitism
30.05.2017 - ODG

The Director-General celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Aladdin Project against racism and anti-Semitism

On May 29, 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, participated in the 10th Anniversary Gala of the Aladdin Project, held at the Hotel de Ville in Paris in the presence of a number of guests, including Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of the French Republic.

The Aladdin Project, created 10 years ago under the patronage of UNESCO and the “Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah”, works to share knowledge and information about Jewish history, the history of the Holocaust, the history of relations between Jews and Muslims, as a way of combating racism, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. The Aladdin Project has translated a number of books on these themes into Arabic, Turkish and Persian, leading several conferences in Paris, Istanbul, Baku and Dakar on intercultural dialogue.

In her opening remarks, the Director-General highlighted the importance of education, history and culture in the fight against violent extremism, Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism.

"The Aladdin Project embodies an ambition that guides all of UNESCO's action: building peace begins in the minds of men and women through education, culture, the knowledge of history. The struggle against violent extremism, the struggle against all forms of racism, including anti-Muslim racism, the struggle against all forms of anti-Semitism, including the hatred of Israel, is also a cultural struggle, which is played out in schools, in the media, in public opinion."

At the Anniversary Gala, the Prize for the Dialogue of Cultures 2017 was awarded to His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Issa Al Jaber, a UNESCO Special Envoy, and to students of the Aladdin Summer University Programme for Intercultural Dialogue.




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