On the Recent Incidents of Ethnic-based Violence and Incitement to Hatred Across the Globe and Promoting Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness

Statement Attributable To the Spokesperson for the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

United Nations, New York, 19 July 2013

The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, strongly re-affirms the position of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in rejecting all forms of ethnic-based violence and incitement to hatred. The High-Representative is deeply concerned that the International Community has been recently witnessing an increasing number of extreme acts of ethnic and religious based violence and conflicts across the globe. Such acts develop into incitement to hatred, racism, and xenophobia that often lead to national, regional and international instability.

These acts are contrary to the values the Alliance of Civilizations is striving to promote such as cultural diversity, inclusiveness, religious tolerance and meaningful dialogue in accordance with the UN Charter.

Mr. Al-Nasser urges concerned religious and political leaders to address the root causes of ethnic and religious violence and uphold the rule of law as well as engage in preventive diplomacy efforts with the aim of ensuring peace and security, protecting human rights and strengthening efforts leading to sustainable development.

The High-Representative re-iterates the importance of building bridges between ethnic groups to create an environment conducive to reconciliation, peace and prosperity for all.