UK MP praises UNESCO in Parliament for program against racism and anti-Semitism

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Right Honorable John Mann, Member of the British Parliament, congratulated UNESCO for its work in the fight against racism and discrimination and specifically in combatting anti-Semitism the Early Day Motion on 24 March 2016.

Early Day Motions are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. In this case, Mann’s motion, 1324, had been signed by 28 Members of Parliament. It states:

 

"That this House notes the efforts of UNESCO to educate against racism and discrimination and specifically to combat anti-Semitism; congratulates UNESCO and its Director-General Irina Bokova for the two reports published in 2015, which add to efforts to combat racism in sport and online; and calls for continued support and enhanced cooperation on a European and International level to tackle anti-Semitism and all forms of racial hatred."

 

Mr. John Mann is the Chair of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism. UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova was a keynote speaker at the International Parliamentary Conference on Combating Antisemitism, held in Berlin on 14-15 March, 2016, organized by the Government and the Parliament of Germany, with the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Antisemitism. 

Ms. Bokova presented the wide range of work that UNESCO is leading through education to fight all forms of racism and discrimination, including anti-Semitism in her Berlin presentation. This includes education for global citizenship and action to bolster media and information literacy, to prevent violent extremism and to help young women and men counter radicalization through the Internet. She emphasized the vital importance of UNESCO's work to advance Holocaust education -- a unique programme in the United Nations system -- to never forget and to fight racism and discrimination today. She also drew attention to UNESCO's work to advance tolerance and to fight hate speech, racism and discrimination in sports, notably in partnership with Juventus FC. 

The conference took place during Germany's chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and featured a keynote address by Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and a range of high level speakers from across the world.