20.05.2017 - ODG

Director-General at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia

On 21 May 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova is traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to represent the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, at the Arab Islamic American Summit, held in Riyadh. His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and United States President, Donald Trump, will open the Summit.

United under a single vision – Together We Prevail – this high-level event, the first of its kind, will bring together leaders from across the Islamic world and the United States, with the goal “to address ways of building more robust and effective security partnerships to counter and prevent the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism around the globe through promoting tolerance and moderation.”

In her speech, the Director-General will highlight the importance of ‘soft power’, not only to counter, but also to prevent terrorism and violent extremism, starting through education and culture.  She will underline the importance of teaching peace and providing young people with opportunities and skills for intercultural dialogue.

“We must provide young men and women with new hope in the future,” says the Director-General.

For more information on the Summit, see: https://riyadhsummit2017.org/

On the same occasion, the Director-General is expected the attend the opening of the Global Centre for Combatting Extremist Ideology  (GCCEI), established by the King of Saudi Arabia to “counter and prevent the spread of extremist ideology through promoting moderation, compassion and supporting the dissemination of positive dialogue.” The inauguration of the Centre will take place in the presence of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and the President of the USA Donald Trump.

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