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31.10.2016 - ODG

Director-General meets Minister of International Relations of Quebec


On 30 October, UNESCO Director-General met with HE Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations of Quebec, the Vice Premier HE Lise Theriault and the Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, HE Catherine Weil. Also attending the meeting were the Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO, Ambassador Elaine Ayotte, and the Representative of the Government of Quebec to UNESCO, Ms Julie Miville-Duchene.

This meeting took place in the framework of the International Conference on “Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living together” held in Quebec, opening on 31 October. The Conference is organized by UNESCO and the Government of Quebec and with the support of the Government of Canada in the context of UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP).

Minister St-Pierre thanked the Director-General for the wide-ranging action of UNESCO in supporting states and societies in preventing violent extremism. She underlined the depth of Quebec's commitment in this field, embodied, for instance, in the Montreal Centre for the Prevention of Radicalisation leading to Violence, and also the newly proposed UNESCO Chair on this issue. 

This was echoed by Vice Premier Theriault and Minister Weil, referring to new action plans for the prevention of violent extremism and the launch soon of an awareness raising campaign on learning to live together for young people.

The Director-General thanked for the leadership of the Government in Quebec in taking forward this international conference on an issue that is vital to all societies today. She underlined the priority that UNESCO is giving to action to prevent the rise of violent extremism, drawing on all its expertise and networks. This starts with education, support to teachers and education planners and policy-makers, and extends to empowering young people, notably around the Mediterranean, as well as in the Sahel, and to advancing media and information literacy.



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