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Fez Forum concludes with highlight on Morrocco’s mannequin of tolerance and co-existence


Speaking at a joint press convention, Miguel Angel Moratinos, the High Representative of the UNAOC, and Nasser Bourita, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, spoke concerning the Forum and its results. They additionally hailed the massive, high-level participation that enriched the dialogue that passed off through the two-day gathering. 

‘People are hungry for peace’ 

“In a really advanced geopolitical context, we spoke right here in Fez of peace, of understanding, of mutual respect, of dedication to stay collectively,” Mr. Moratinos advised journalists, including: “This is one thing that individuals want…They are hungry for peace. And I feel that’s what we have to bear in mind”. 

The High Representative famous the Forum’s consequence textual content, often called the Fez Declaration, calling it a “roadmap for the worldwide group, together with the Alliance of Civilizations” and pointed to the Moroccan instance that must be an inspiration to all. 

“The Moroccan mannequin has yielded concrete outcomes by way of pressing wants for mutual respect, for brotherhood, peace, for understanding,” he defined.  

In his opening remarks to the Forum on Tuesday, UN chief António Guterres hailed Fez “with its wealthy and secular historical past, [as] the best place to fulfill and have interaction in reflection on the state of our world.” 

Time to affirm tolerance, dialogue and understanding 

Noting that “the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, gave a particular character to this assembly”, Mr. Nasser Bourita hailed the success of the Fez assembly by way of participation but additionally the character of the dialogues and discussions, declaring that “the assembly got here at a time when the world must affirm the worth of dialogue, understanding and tolerance.” 

“The worldwide scenario right now requires us to take heed to the language of motive, the language of knowledge, and to say that the values of dialogue are fundamental values, and that regardless of variations in pursuits and variations in faith and race, this humanity has rather a lot in frequent,” he asserted. 

Reinforcing Mr. Moratinos’ feedback, the Foreign Minister elaborated on what Morocco stands for, and what the town of Fez represents, stating: “What has succeeded in Morocco can succeed on the planet. What Morocco was capable of do on the nationwide degree by way of concord and coexistence over the centuries, might be a supply of inspiration for different areas.”  

‘We must construct on the Fez Declaration’  

In an interview with UN News, Antonio Vitorino, the Director General of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), stated the company he heads up is current worldwide, in 80 international locations, “however we undoubtedly have crucial operations on the African continent for the safety and help of migrants.” 

He defined that 80 per cent of African migrants depart one African nation for an additional African nation. “It reveals the significance of the motion of IOM all through the African continent. And we hope that this primary assembly of the Alliance of Civilizations right here in Africa is a vital second to verify our dedication to the safety of migrants.” 

Asked how he considered the adopted Fez Declaration, Mr. Vitorino stated, “Declarations are all the time essential – politically. But it’s not sufficient. We must construct on the Declaration. And we’re dedicated.” 

“Every day, in all places, together with individuals who want us, IOM goals to translate the essence of the Declaration into concrete actions, to guard migrants, to help secure, orderly and controlled migration, and to combat towards human trafficking, which is an assault towards the basic rights of migrants.” 

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Ali Mahmoud from Lebanon, one of many contributors on the Youth occasion at Fez’s Euromed University

Dialogue throughout generations 

In different actions on Wednesday, some 100 youth contributors from totally different international locations gathered at Fez’s University of Euromed to speak about “the long run they need”. They emphasised the significance of intergenerational dialogue and the advantages that the youthful technology might carry to the desk by way of countering hate rhetoric.  

 Ali Mahmoud from Lebanon, one of many contributors on the Youth occasion advised UN News that he and his counterparts in an affiliation referred to as ‘Adiyan’ are engaged on a programme to push again towards hate speech and its influence on Lebanese society, whether or not psychologically or bodily, via workshops and campaigns concentrating on everybody within the nation.     

Overall, the Fez Forum noticed animated participation by about 42 contributors on the ministerial degree, 90 heads of regional organizations and 12 former Heads of State or Government, a excessive level for the Alliance’s conferences, as acknowledged by the Moroccan Foreign Minister. 

Since its inception, the UNAOC has change into a number one United Nations platform for intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation. It has linked governments, lawmakers, native authorities, civil society organizations, the media, and people dedicated to selling understanding throughout numerous communities.   

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