Remarks of H. E. Mr. Nassir Al Nasser The High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Roundtable with CTED and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation

United Nations Headquarters
July 24, 2014
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you at today’s roundtable on the role of education in countering violent extremism, led by our partners at CTED and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

There are three critical points I wish to convey today.

First is the need to instill in young people, through our education systems, a resilient and broad global identity.  When I use the word “resilient” what I mean is an individual or a community’s cultivated ability to stick to its core purpose in the widest possible set of unforeseen scenarios.  I believe resilience has a huge role to play in reducing the appeal of extremism.  I call for a broad global identity, because I believe that makes our young people more competitive in a world of international markets that is economically interdependent, and also speaks to the challenges of tomorrow’s generations—not least climate change.

Second, we need to make sure that we create alternative and effective channels of empowerment for young people through education and also through youth networks.  In many countries, and especially in the region I come from, the Arab world, young people constitute the majority of the population but are outside of the margins of power.  We need to find ways to include young people in social and political processes in a way where they feel the dividends of mechanisms of empowerment.  So much of what our youth grant making programs at the Alliance are about—including the Youth Solidarity Fund that provides money to youth-led peacebuilding initiatives—is working toward this goal.

Third, critical thinking.  We MUST instill critical thinking skills in our young, and to be frank, in our adults as well.  Our modern Internet and satellite-television-fueled lives are characterized by a deluge of information, some of which is wholesome and representative of reality and some not at all.  How do we enable ourselves to see the difference between the two?  This is why critical thinking is necessary.  This is why the Alliance’s founding document, the High Level Group Report, clearly identifies Media Literacy as a key component in reducing polarization that often results in violence between individuals and groups from different backgrounds.

In fact, UNAOC has partnered with UNESCO and developed a global network of universities working on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue.  We also launched a multi-lingual Internet clearinghouse focusing on providing resources relevant to Media Literacy to educators and policymakers.

Finally, I wanted to end on a positive note and say that, however slow it may be, real change is coming.  As many of you know, the Alliance partners directly with civil society organizations in experimental projects around the world.

One of our previous partners, the Pakistan Peace and Education Foundation, is involved in curricular reform and teacher trainings at some 25,000 madaris, or religious schools, in Pakistan.  While we have provided seed funding to the Peace and Education Foundation in the past, recently the Foundation received a major grant from the US State Department.
With this grant, the Foundation established five madrasa teacher training centers across Pakistan.  Through these, teachers at religious schools are now being trained in modern pedagogy techniques.  This is significant, because what actually happens inside classrooms, and how the teaching gets done, really matters.  Not only this, the teacher training centers are also being made into dual-use spaces.  Moving forward, in the evening, these spaces will also serve as vocational training centers for madrasa students, to give them market-friendly job training.

All of this is of course wonderful.  But the key thing is we need our Member States to continue supporting such initiatives.  This is why, for instance, I dedicated an entire meeting the Alliance’s Group of Friends to this very topic.

In conclusion, let me assure you that under my leadership, the Alliance remains ready to continue to serve and ramp-up its activities in this area.  And we look forward to working with you.

I thank you.

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Message of the H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations on the Occasion of Independence Day

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

New York, 4 July 2014

On behalf of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), I would like to extend my warm regards to the people and government of the United States of America, our host country, on the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th.

Americans who have been in the United States for generations, alongside newly naturalized Americans and those visiting or residing in the country temporarily, come together, bond and celebrate the ideals and values on which the country was founded on the Fourth of July. The holiday gives everyone in the United States an opportunity to honor the country’s traditions and history while remaining true to their roots — whatever their roots may be— and incorporating elements of other cultures into this celebration. This is a beautiful occasion, and it demonstrates just one example of how many cultures can simultaneously be represented and respected under the umbrella of diversity.

The UN Alliance of Civilizations aims at working towards a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world by building respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, by rejecting extremism and embracing diversity.

Let us all celebrate together, and embrace an interdependence that will lead to a freer, more prosperous, and more peaceful world.

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Remarks of H. E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Before the UNAOC Group of Friends meeting at the Ambassadorial Level The Role of Young People in Peace-building

26 June 2014, 3pm — 6pm
ECOSOC Chamber, Conference Building, UNHQ

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to meet with you today at our UNAOC Ambassadorial meeting, which I convene under the theme “the Role of Young People in Peacebuilding”.

First, I would like to welcome Ms. Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for Peace building Support, and Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. I sincerely appreciate the close collaboration with our two special guests and look forward to hearing their remarks regarding the role of young people in fostering sustainable peace around the world.

Before I give the floor to our special guests, I would like to share with you a few words about the Alliance’s work in the sector of youth and peacebuilding.

Since its inception in 2007, working with young people has been a major focus area and one of the core pillars for UNAOC, along with media, education and migration. I consider it a very pressing priority of our mission in the face of new and emerging challenges.

We see young people as indispensable partners of the UNAOC as we clearly recognize their potential and robust contribution in fostering peace and preventing conflicts.

In addition, we celebrate their knowledge, their capacity, energy and resourcefulness in being agents of positive social change. Through capacity-building trainings, we work for their expertise to be well invested in a vast array of contexts.

At the same time, we seek to advance young peoples’ participation in larger decision-making processes. This includes policy making, political life, multilateral work, etc.

Working with young people is both about highlighting what they do in their own community and advocating for their voices to be mainstreamed into comprehensive processes on the global scale.
Our various youth-focused projects are all based on this two-fold perspective.

For example, we have a Summer School which aims to reinforce the capacity of youth while mobilizing youth as trainers. To date, we have held 5 Summer Schools that together welcomed over 500 youth from over 130 countries. We are just about to hold the 6th Summer School mid-August in Tarrytown, north of New York City. This Summer School is co-sponsored by Education First, one of our private sector partner. Together, we will welcome 75 youth from all corners of the world for 1 week of learning together about each other in a safe context that fosters candid conversations. For this Summer School, over half of the trainers are young people themselves.

Since 2008, the UNAOC offers the Youth Solidarity Fund which supports youth-led projects at the community level in a way that can lead to a policy impact. To date, this initiative funded 40 projects that impacted directly and indirectly over 775,000 people – most of them youth – in over 30 countries. A few members of the Group of Friends have been funding Youth Solidarity Fund and UNAOC is very grateful for this continued financial support. We are proud that many international organizations within the United Nations system consider Youth Solidarity Fund a unique model in terms of youth empowerment for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

In 2013, we launched Entrepreneurs for Social Change. This project aims to address both lack of employment and limited opportunities for participation in social development in the Euro-Med region. This reality, coupled with high levels of migration toward the North of the Mediterranean Sea, often increases tensions between communities and can contribute to incitement, xenophobia, radicalization and violent extremism. Given this, our partner from the private sector – Fondazione CRT Italy, tasked with investing a portion of the profits made by Italy’s largest bank to create Entrepreneurs for Social Change with the Alliance. UNAOC provides training and mentoring to young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Med region, so that they can create employment while acting as leaders in social inclusion and cross-cultural understanding.

UNAOC’s PLURAL +, a video festival, acts as an empowering tool for young people to speak out about what they think of migration, diversity and social inclusion, using their own views and voices. This project is done in partnership with the International Organization on Migration.

We are also coping with the rapid change in the area of Information and Communication Technology. UNAOC now has AppPeace – a contest that invites app and video game developers to create apps or mobile games designed to generate new opportunities for intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention. Most of participants of this project are young people. We are partnering with UNDP on this project which also benefits from additional support from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

One last example is the Youth Event at the UNAOC Forums, which is an output-oriented and collective reflection on the theme of the Forum for young people. The Youth Event helps youth establish contacts, actively exchange and explore how they can collaborate together, before and after the Forum. At each Forum, we have an average of 100 youth from all continents.

As you can see, the UNAOC offers a great range of initiatives to young people as we understand that most of the time, but especially in situations of tension or post-conflict, they remain on the margins or are excluded from participating in peacebuilding processes. We know that young people are leaders in advancing the mission of the UNAOC both at the local and global levels. Why wouldn’t we partner with them, learn from them, invest in them? That would be such a missed opportunity as they represent over two thirds of the world population.

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that young people’s participation in peacebuilding is fundamental to reaching durable peace. Even with this increased visibility, the UNAOC will continue to advocate for young people’s role in peacebuilding to be recognized. Everywhere, policies need to be updated, funding mechanisms need to be adjusted, programming needs to be restructured, and dialogue channels need to be opened.

Based on this conviction, since 2009, the UNAOC is an active member of the United Nations Sub-Working Group of Youth and Peacebuilding which is co-chaired by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office and Search for Common Grounds, a leading NGO in the sector. As Ms. Cheng-Hopkins will certainly explain in a minute, this inter-agency group has recently developed Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding.

These Guiding Principles are designed to inform participative, inclusive and inter-generational peacebuilding strategies and programmes that systematically promote and ensure participation and contributions of young people. They aim at offering guidance to key actors including governments, UN entities, national and international non-governmental organizations, donors and civil society actors.

This sub-working group is now working on the Operational Guidance to support the implementation of the abovementioned Principles. UNAOC recently invited 3 outstanding youth from our network to join the sub-working group’s deliberations and contribute lessons learned and good practices from the field. These youth were from Jos in Nigeria, from Kenema City in Sierra Leone and from Lahore in Pakistan. The sub-working group was quite thankful to the UNAOC for including these youth into the discussions on the Operational Guidance.

After the first meeting with the sub-working group, the young person from Sierra Leone said “You might have no idea how fast our involvement with the Alliance and the sub-working group has lifted us up the ladder. We are now better must equipped to do our work in our community and change many more lives for the better.”

It is interesting to note that a break-out session at the upcoming UNAOC Forum in Bali will contribute to the efforts of the sub-working group regarding the Operational Guidance.

While UNAOC is relatively new entity, I’m proud to see our work to support the principles and objectives of the United Nations system, is advancing the contribution of youth in building peace. Having said this, we are also, constantly, on the lookout for innovative approaches, untapped synergies and unique partnerships.

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I will now invite Ms. Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for Peace building Support to share her thoughts about the role of young people in peacebuilding.

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I would now like to turn it over to Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, who took his post in early 2013 as a result of the United Nations Secretary General stating in his second Five-Year Action Agenda that ‘Working with and for women and young people was one of his top priorities”. In this context, Mr. Alhendawi is now working to address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known.

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VA | Project Management Specialist – Migration and Media

Vacancy code VA/2014/B5004/5457
Position title Project Management Specialist – Migration and Media
Level ICS-10
Department/office GPSO, Development Group
Duty station New York, United States of America
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration June 2014 to December 2014, with the possibility of extension
Application period 19-Jun-2014 to 26-Jun-2014


Link for more information and to apply: https://gprs.unops.org/pages/viewvacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=5457


Background
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations seeks to reduce tensions across cultural divides that threaten to inflame existing political conflicts or trigger new ones. Through preventive diplomacy initiatives, it works at grassroots level, promoting education, youth, media and migration projects aimed at building trust and respect among diverse communities.

The Alliance was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. In March 2013, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, former President of the General Assembly, was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to succeed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the Alliance. UNAOC is supported by a Group of Friends – a community of over 130 member countries and international organizations and bodies. The UNAOC Secretariat, based in New York, NY, is funded by multiple donors, with operations-level support provided by UNOPS.

The UNAOC is looking for a Project Management Specialist to run activities focused on Migration and Media which are key areas of work of the UNAOC. The work of the Project Management Specialist – Migration and Media would include responsibilities linked to project development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, partnership building, research and data analysis, as well as support for other UNAOC activities.

Functional Responsibilities

Responsibilities

Under the coordination of the Program Management Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Director, UNAOC, the duties of the Project Management Specialist – Migration and Media will include:

Design, implement and coordinate new project activity across the full spectrum of the UNAOC pillars of activity with an emphasis on Migration and Media projects;
Engage in the development and expansion of partnerships with research bodies, think-tanks, civil society groups and universities to build and expand on potential content areas; research and develop new areas featuring best practices and resources on cross-cultural dialogue;
Monitor the full field of international project activity by international and regional organizations as well as NGOs involving innovative grassroots projects, with a focus on intercultural understanding;
Draft new initiatives with specific focus on media and migration, in accordance with internal procedures to participation of selected organizations in various events of the Alliance and partners; Incorporate a consultation process with stakeholders and partners from different regions;
Responsible for actively monitoring the financial aspects of the assigned project including keeping progress report of budget execution and drafting reports to the donors. Actively provide support to all logistics needed for project activities while working closely with the Administrative Associate;
As appropriate, participate in the selection of the projects related to competitive processes; Where appropriate, follow up with the selected organizations, providing technical support and expertise;
Ensure use of best practices in monitoring and evaluation of all UNAOC projects;
Draft TORs for services and liaise with vendors as needed including collecting vendor forms.
Maintain records, file and organize documents regarding project operations.
Liaise with UN departments and agencies in order to maintain policy relevance and identify innovative and entrepreneurial practices;
Coordinate website and other electronic (internet, social media, etc.) outreach efforts with the Communications staff; Assist Communications team when relevant to monitor and track stories about achievements of organizations or individuals supported by UNAOC; Support Communications team and provide input for the communications team to produce communication materials pertaining to assigned project activities and activities of the High Representative;
Contribute to the overall work of the UNAOC Secretariat and take on additional tasks as and when needed.

Competencies
Ability to work in a multicultural and international environment;
Ability to harmoniously work in a team to achieve organizational goals;
Ability to work well under pressure and to meet tight deadlines;
Strong entrepreneurial spirit;
Strong attention to details
IT proficiency.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

EDUCATION

Master’s Degree in international relations, global studies, public policy, social sciences or other fields related to the mission of the UNAOC;

EXPERIENCE

Unless noted otherwise, applicants need to possess all of the below criteria to be considered:

5 years of relevant work experience in project support or management or organization of large-scale events; this should include 1 to 2 years of work experience with international organizations or international non-governmental organizations;
Proven knowledge of international relations, particularly matters related to the United Nations, including trends in the field of cross-cultural issues;
In-depth knowledge of migration and media, especially in an international context;
Experience with research management, analysis and drafting of documents on complex issues;

LANGUAGE

Fluency in both spoken and written English; working knowledge of another UN language is an asset;

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-SP 2
Contract duration: June 2014 to December 2014, with the possibility of extension

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

Additional Considerations

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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Remarks of H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations before the Opening Session of The World Cultural Forum

Shanghai, China – June 18, 2014

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Indeed, it is a pleasure and honor for me to return once again to one of my favorite cities in the world, Shanghai, to address you. I am always moved by the energy of this place.

I also find that this particular gathering, the World Cultural Forum, represents the great diversity of this city with the wide range of actors it convenes: from media to academia to civil society and many others from around the world.

It bears mention that convening such a group is no small achievement. As High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, an organization committed to advancing mutual respect understanding across communities and cultures, I know that no dialogue can truly work or be meaningful unless we take into account the participation and concerns of all stakeholders as much as possible. Of course our success also depends on the political will of our leadership to make what may, at first, be difficult possible.

Our conversation today on cultural exchange and promoting understanding of others to reduce misunderstanding and strengthen trust is a timely one.

The world that you and I inhabit today is fundamentally different from that of our parents. Never before have people been able to access so much information so quickly. But more information does not always mean better understanding.

We must bear in mind that it takes effort to move from knowledge to kindness, from insight to empathy, from awareness to action. The Confucian (كنفيوشن) philosophy, and in particular the concept of “Ren”, also teaches us this very point. These are the values we need in the world. Thus, I welcome China’s initiative and foresight in establishing Confucius (كنفيوشوس) Institutes around the world to advance such values.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Promoting dialogue and understanding has long been considered a form of “soft power” because it bears the possibility to bring peaceful settlement, without military action. Our situation as a global community points to many reasons for why, in this time, we desperately need more dialogue.

More than half the world’s population is under the age of 25. That is more than at any other time in history. Given the kind of discrepancies (ديسكربنسيز) in opportunity and employment across countries, migration is taking place at unprecedented levels and is expected to double in the years ahead.

There are also a number of crisis situations that require our urgent attention. The Central African Republic, though not initially an inter religious conflict, has become the site of horrific fighting between Christians and Muslims. A power struggle in South Sudan has displaced more than 1.2 million people and exposed the country to the possibility of famine. In Syria, in the fourth year of a worsening conflict, more than 150,000 have been killed; 3 million have left the country; and at least half the population – more than 9 million human beings – have been affected. In Myanmar, identity-based tensions and violence continue. In the Middle East, the unsettled question of Palestine remains an obstacle in the path toward a comprehensive and just peace.

Globally, too, there are longer-term risks and trends. Key resources – energy, food, land, water, clean air – are in progressively shorter supply. The impacts of climate change are being felt already and will affect generations to come.

Inequality and intolerance are also on the rise. Injustice is prevalent, and in many contexts, this trend aggravates insecurity. Women do not yet enjoy their equal rights. Young people are looking for hope and very often for jobs.

While these challenges seem daunting and almost impossible, I know of a country that has fought impossible odds to see success and to help its people; a country that has achieved an unimaginable feat in the last three decades that no economist thought was possible: and that country is China.

As the World Bank attests, across China, there were over 400 million fewer people living in extreme poverty in 2001 than 20 years previously. By 2001 alone, China had met the foremost of the Millennium Development Goals — to reduce the 1990 incidence of poverty by half — and it had done so 14 years ahead of the 2015 target date for the developing world as a whole.

No country in human history has achieved such a miracle. China teaches us that with the right approach, we can indeed face the challenges before us as a global community.

As far as the future is concerned, my view is that China’s role in the world rests on three interconnected pillars.

First, continuing South-South cooperation. Drawing from my experience as former President of the UN High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation and as former Chair of the G77 and China, I know that China presents us with an extraordinary model of cooperative development. In the African continent alone, China has delivered cooperative development projects to the tune of 50 billion dollars.

I would like to emphasize that in this area, China has a very special role to play, as the country is a living, breathing example to all developing economies as to what is possible.

Second, expanding Multilateralism. The world is now looking to China to play a greater role in advancing peacebuilding and conflict resolution, pushing forward environmental goals and research, and furthering development objectives.

The United Nations needs a China that is more vocal and more active on the world stage. It is now up to China to take the place to which it rightly belongs. The UN Alliance of Civilizations, for one, is ready to welcome China’s active involvement in all of its four main areas of activity: youth, media, education, and migration.

The third pillar should be opening more avenues for cross-cultural exchange. The fact is that alongside economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection, culture is also an engine of sustainable development. Research in the area of culture and development bears this out.

Perhaps the future is one where all three pillars can feed into one another creating a virtuous cycle. As an example, China can, as part of it model of cooperative development, push the creative economies of its partner nations.

I welcome China’s tremendous progress in advancing cultural exchanges around the world through its myriad (ميرياد) initiatives. I believe it is now time to take things to the next level. Let us not forget that the creative economy is also a major way to tackle the persistent issue of youth unemployment. This is a big part of why upon assuming my role as the High Representative for the Alliance, I immediately established sports, music, and arts as additional areas of focus for the Alliance’s work, alongside the main four ones.

In conclusion, through continued South-South cooperation, increased multilateralism, and greater cross-cultural exchanges, China will augment its already substantial global role and assume its rightful place in the international community. Moreover, it will do so in a way that serves both the interests of this country and the world at a critical time. As head of the organization, I can assure you that the UN Alliance of Civilizations is an open and ready partner to accompany China along its path to continued influence and greater success. Thank you.

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The High Representative speaks at Oxford Center for Islamic Studies

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

New York – June 18, 2014

The Oxford Center for Islamic Studies hosted a visit by Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). During the visit, Mr. Al-Nasser spoke to the audience about the priorities and activities of the UNAOC and invited views on the way forward for its mission of promoting inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue as well as tolerance and respect of the other.

On the other hand, Director of the Center ,Professor Farhan Nizami, pointed to the shared commitment of their respective institutions to promoting dialogue and cooperation, in the case of the center specifically in the academic sphere. Both, High Representative Al-Nasser and Professor Nizami expressed their desire to work more closely together towards that end.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UNAOC and the Center.

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VA | Project Management Specialist-Intercultural Engagement

Vacancy code VA/2014/B5004/5416
Position title Project Management Specialist-Intercultural Engagement
Level ICS-10
Department/office GPSO, Development Group
Duty station New York, United States of America
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration July 1st, 2014 to Sept 30th 2014 (3 months), with possibility of extension
Application period 11-Jun-2014 to 17-Jun-2014
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peace-building contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information – Development Group Cluster

Development Group Cluster

The UNOPS Development Group Cluster is based in the North America Office and supports a diverse and complex portfolio including partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (the Bureau for Development Policy, the Human Development Report Office, and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Secretariat and a broadening community of primarily New York-based UN partners in the delivery of project management, implementation and administration services.

Background Information – Job-specific

The UN Alliance of Civilizations seeks to reduce tensions across cultural divides that threaten to inflame existing political conflicts or trigger new ones. Through preventive diplomacy initiatives, it works at grassroots level, promoting education, youth, media and migration projects aimed at building trust and respect among diverse communities.

The Alliance was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. In March 2013, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, former President of the General Assembly, was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to succeed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the Alliance. UNAOC is supported by a Group of Friends – a community of over 120 member countries and international organizations and bodies.  The UNAOC Secretariat, based in New York, NY, is funded by multiple donors, with operations-level support provided by UNOPS.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the coordination of the Programme Management Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Director, UNAOC, the Project Management Specialist duties will include:

  • Implement various projects focusing on intercultural issues and approaches.  This may include dialogue processes and exchange programs, as well as projects focused on the impact of culture on the issue of sustainable development;
  • Collaborate with colleagues for the coordination of projects across the full spectrum of the UNAOC pillars of activity (Youth, Education, Media, and Migration);
  • Engage in the development and expansion of partnerships with research bodies, think-tanks, civil society groups and universities to build and expand on potential content areas (especially sustainable development); research and develop new areas featuring best practices and resources on cross-cultural dialogue;
  • As appropriate, participate in the selection of the projects related to competitive processes.  Subtasks can include: creation of a comprehensive database; participate in fundraising efforts,  coordination of process of selecting jury
    members and liaison with them; short listing of projects; presentation of
    short-listed projects to  the selection panel; drafting of a summary report on the selection process; establishment of direct liaison with selected projects. Where appropriate, follow up with the selected organizations, providing technical support and expertise;
  • Incorporate consultation processes with stakeholders and partners from different regions;
  • Apply approved monitoring and evaluation practices to assigned projects;
  • Draft TORs for services and liaise with vendors as needed including collecting
    vendor forms.
  • Maintain records, file and organize documents regarding project operations.
  • Coordinate website and other electronic (internet, social media, etc.) outreach efforts with the Communications staff; Assist communications team when relevant to monitor and track stories about achievements of organizations or individuals supported by UNAOC; Support communications team and provide input for the communications team to produce communication materials pertaining to assigned project
    activities;
  • Responsible for actively monitoring the financial aspects of the assigned projects including keeping progress report of budget execution and drafting reports to the donors.
  • Ensure use of best practices in the monitoring and assessment of all UNAOC projects;
  • Liaise with UN departments and agencies in order to maintain policy relevance and identify innovative and entrepreneurial practices;
  • Monitor the full field of international project activity by international and regional organizations as well as NGOs involving innovative grassroots projects, with a focus on intercultural understanding;
  • Contribute to the overall work of the UNAOC Secretariat and take on additional tasks as and when needed.

Competencies

  • Ability to harmoniously work in a team to achieve organizational goals;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and international environment;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet tight deadlines;
  • Strong attention to details;
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit;

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

Applicant is required to have a Master’s Degree in International Relations, International Development, Social Sciences, Human Rights, Public Policy or in a sector relevant to the work of the UNAOC.

Experience:

  • 5 years of relevant work experience in project management and/or organization of large-scale events; with 1 to
    2 years of work experience with international organizations or international non-governmental organizations;
  • Proven knowledge of international relations, particularly matters related to the United Nations; in-depth knowledge of intercultural issues, including trends in the fields of cross-cultural dialogue and sustainable development;
  • Proven ability to coordinate project activities with diverse groups and individuals;
  • Experience with research management, analysis and drafting of documents on complex issues;
  • Knowledge of all phases of project management (design, drafting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, etc.);
  • IT proficiency

Language Requirement:

Fluency in both spoken and
written English; working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: IICA

Contract level: IICA-2

Contract duration: July 1, 2014  to September 30th, 2014 (3
months), with  possibility of extension subjected to satisfactory
performance and funding availability.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

http://www.unops.org/ENGLISH/WHOWENEED/CONTRACT-TYPES/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements-ICAs.aspx

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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Remarks of H. E. Mr. Nassir Al Nasser The High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations The forth review of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy

UNHQ – June 11, 2014

Excellencies, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honor to chair today’s first panel on Countering the Appeal of Terrorism.

Since the landmark adoption of the Global Strategy in 2006—and I use the word “landmark” because this was the first time that all Member States agreed to a common strategic vision and approach in the fight against terrorism—three biennial reviews of strategy have taken place. Our discussion today occasions the Fourth Review of the Global Strategy. This brings up good memories of the 66th session of the UNGA which I led and where we conducted the Third Review of the Strategy.

The United Nations, through its Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force framework, has been playing a strong role, either directly or indirectly, in all of the areas that comprise the Global Strategy.

The CTITF Office and all its 34 entities work in the field of international peace and security, in economic and social development, in human rights and the rule of law, and in providing technical and capacity-building assistance in many areas related to addressing conditions conducive to terrorism. We are encouraged by this work of the CTITF entities, and particularly of the coordination and coherence role of the CTITF Office, in providing much needed assistance on the ground, where it matters the most.

I would like to emphasize here that, as a member of CTITF and with the strong working relationship we have with CTITF, the organization I lead, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, has been participating in all relevant meetings, retreats, and workshops that the Taskforce has organized.

Notably, the report of the Secretary-General on the “Activities of the United Nations System in implementing the Global Counterterrorism Strategy” highlights the need to address the factors that create discontent and tension within and between societies and which in turn make the resort to terrorism attractive and a substitute for dialogue. Countering the appeal of terrorism is addressed in Pillar 1 of the global strategy, as many of you know.

It is important to underscore here that while law enforcement as a means of combating terrorism continues to remain a priority, long-term success depends largely on addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism. This specifically means work in the area of preventing violent extremism and preventing radicalization.

The organization I represent, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, has a long record, through its diverse civil society, youth, and media engagement activities, of working with the grassroots around the world. Much of this work is dedicated to creating viable alternatives to radicalization.

Often our work in this area consists of creating avenues of empowerment for marginalized communities, and especially young people. We are also constantly looking for ways to improve our monitoring and evaluation of such activities so that we may better assess their impact and adjust them accordingly.

Some of our activities to serve the purpose of pillar one, include:

  • The Alliance’s Fellowship Program which brings together emerging leaders from the Arab world and the West to travel to each others’ regions to exchange ideas with key decision makers;
  • The Intercultural Innovation Award which in partnership with BMW Group identifies and supports grassroots initiatives, alleviating identity-based tensions and conflicts;
  • The Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) Program that convenes aspiring young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Mediterranean region.

These are examples of people from different communities coming together to strengthen ties with one another by addressing shared challenges. Our view is that the best way to address discontent and poor distribution of power or resources is by coming together, listening closely, and then acting in harmony with marginalized communities.

Many such initiatives will be highlighted and discussed at greater length at the UNAOC’s upcoming 6th Global Forum in Bali – Indonesia, from August 28-30. I invite you to visit the Alliance’s website to learn more about this event. We anticipate a very diverse gathering of all the stakeholders that are relevant to our work: from civil society and youth groups to global media; from high-level government representatives to members of the private sector and foundations. I should add here, that we are honored that the SG will also attend along with ministers of member states and even heads of state and government.

That said, I am honored to introduce my panelists.

Sharing the stage with me today are the Honorable Jerome Bougouma, Minister of Territorial Administration, Security, and Decentralization in Burkina Faso; the Honorable Gonzalo de Benito, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Spain; Ambassador Stephan Husy, Coordinator for International Counter Terrorism from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland; and our very own Jehangir Khan, Director of the “CTITF” Counter Terrorism Implementation Taskforce.

Gentlemen, the four questions we would like to begin our discussion with today are as follows:

What experiences and lessons learned can contribute to and promote a culture of dialogue and understanding amongst peoples?

What approaches have been employed as a means of counter narratives to terrorism?

What has been the experience and lessons learned from programmes on dis-engagement, re-habilitation, re-integration and de-radicalization?

How best can national, regional and international counter-terrorism efforts be integrated on the basis of the comprehensive structural framework provided by the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy?

I now call upon His Excellency Jerome Bougouma, Minister of Territorial Administration and Security of Burkina Faso, to deliver his remarks.

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The UN High Representative and the Commissioner for the African Union Social Affairs Sign an MoU between the Alliance of Civilizations and the African Union Commission

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

New York –June 3rd, 2014

The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and Mr. Mustapha Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission in New York, signed today, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between (UNAOC) and the African Union (AU). By virtue of this MoU, both parties agree to support each other’s efforts and wherever possible, to strengthen their relations in the areas of mutual interest, including the promotion of dialogue and understanding among peoples, cultures, religions and beliefs and foster a culture of peace in the African region.

The MOU which was signed at the premises of the African Union Commission in New York, also stipulates that both parties agree to contribute to good governance and the rule of law with a view to protecting and respecting cultural diversity, religious freedom and pluralism as well as help achieve the Millennium Development Goals by fostering dialogue, human security and peace as basic conditions for development.

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Short Remarks By Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations At The Inauguration of the Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy Exhibition

UNHQ – 6:30, May 27, 2014

Your Excellency Ambassador Wang Min,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am honored to be here to participate in the inauguration of the Exhibition of Outstanding Chinese Paintings and Calligraphies and to have exchanges with so many Chinese artists. The exhibition provides a good opportunity for us to get better understanding of the art of Chinese paintings and calligraphies, and to share our feelings with all the artists here.

You see, regardless of the language of the artists, art remains a Universal language that everyone understands. In that sense, I have added art to the toolbox of the Alliance of Civilizations, together with sport and music. I believe that all these forms of human expressions can tools for preventive diplomacy and promoting respect for cultural diversity. This platform can offer a new perspective of hope and peace for security and development when cultural diversity has been respected. This exhibition is a good example.

The UN has been committed to promoting the development of education, science and culture, and has made remarkable contributions in these aspects. Chinese artists made great contributions to the UN’s efforts in cultural development with their characteristic artworks. Chinese paintings and calligraphies, with distinctive and unique aesthetic features and artistic expressions, are important part of the world culture and art.

This exhibition will further enhance our understandings of the traditional culture and art of China.

Chinese paintings and calligraphies serve as an epitome of the traditional Chinese culture, and reflect the cultural values and social concepts of the Chinese people. The positive attitudes toward man and nature and the artistic behavior shown by the Chinese artists since the ancient times have become a major part of the world cultural awareness. I would like to extend my warm welcome to all the Chinese artists.

This exhibition of paintings and calligraphy will help promote cultural diversity and harmony, which what we strive to achieve at the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

So thank you for bringing this exhibition to New York City!

Wish the exhibition a great success!

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