UNESCO will launch a program on the prevention of extremism through youth empowerment in four countries, including Morocco, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said on Monday.
Speaking at the opening of the plenary session of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Azoulay said that the program will be launched in two weeks in Morocco, Jordan, Libya and Tunisia.
Funded by the United Nations Counter-terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and Canada, the project is considered as a vital move towards engaging youth in the prevention of violent extremism.
“Maintaining unity and an active dialogue with Member States is crucial. I wish to keep it alive, including with those Member States which have announced their withdrawal from the Organization and. I am deeply convinced that a breakdown in dialogue would be a great loss for all, but that in the long term, the advantages of restoring universality will become clear to all,” she added.
“We must be closely involved with the current United Nations reform, and this must come through you, the Member States, in both Paris and New York, as well as between the two Secretariats,” Azoulay said.
“My two-fold objective is simple: first, to ensure that UNESCO and its specificities are fully embedded in the United Nations system and the reform process under way and, second, to make the added value of UNESCO’s work better known and used to its best advantage in each of the fields that constitute our mandate,” she pointed out.