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20.05.2015 - Communication & Information Sector

UNESCO conference on fighting radicalization of youth on the Internet to be held in Paris next month

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On 16 and 17 June 2015, UNESCO will bring together government officials, academics, policy-makers, youth NGOs representatives, experts and practitioners from a range of institutions and disciplines for its first-ever international conference, Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism.

Participants will discuss policy interventions and processes for reducing the use of the Internet as a tool for youth extremism and radicalization, as well as the ways ahead for the engagement of young people for a culture of tolerance and peace.

Organized in the framework of the Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP), the Conference will provide a platform for debates regarding the current challenges of youth radicalization on the Internet. It will also sensitize about the reality and the potential risks if the issue remains unaddressed in a relevant and holistic way.

Furthermore, the Conference will seek to identify specific areas for UNESCO’s action, across all its areas of competence, to support Member States in tackling these important challenges. The knowledge shared at the Conference will be taken forward through pilot projects, which will also act as a learning lab for more effective policy responses in the future.

This Conference will attract some 200 delegates from around the world and will be conducted in English and French.

The intergovernmental Information for All Programme was established in 2001. It provides a platform for international policy discussions, cooperation and the development of guidelines for action in the area of access to information and knowledge. The Programme supports Member States to develop and implement national information policy and strategy frameworks.

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