This event will explore the impact of intolerance, hate speech and incitement to hatred, racism, and other manifestations of extremism in exacerbating threats across the peace continuum, but also the role that the values of human fraternity, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence can play in promoting and sustaining peace.
Over the past two decades, the international community has developed a comprehensive prevention architecture to assist Member States to address threats to international peace and security. However, existing measures have not succeeded in addressing intolerance and extremism as drivers of conflict. There is clearly an urgent need to address intolerance and extremism more effectively before violence and conflict arise in the first place.
The event, chaired by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State, seeks to raise awareness of the pivotal role that the values of human fraternity can play in promoting and sustaining peace and preventing intolerance and extremism. It also presents an opportunity for Member States to renew their commitments to preventing conflict and promoting and sustaining peace.
A critical step in supporting and strengthening the UN’s peace and security architecture will be to consider how the Security Council can better address the multiple challenges posed by intolerance and extremism. The threats posed by intolerance and extremism cannot be mitigated through a single method, actor, or solution, but require considering a range of solutions spanning several policy areas, including education, gender equality, social cohesion, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and many others.