Building peace in the minds of men and women

39th Session of the General Conference

Tuesday 31 October 2017

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  • Leaders from Europe, Africa, Central Asia, and the South Pacific today delivered resounding pleas for multilateral efforts to tackle the challenges facing the world at UNESCO's Leaders Forum on 31st October.

    Highlighting the importance of concerted action to tackle disparate challenges including extremist radicalization and climate change, the leaders took the floor during the third edition of the Leaders Forum, which, since 2013, has been coming together during UNESCO's General Conference, which assembles its 195 Members States every two years.

    H.E. Ms Zohour Alaoui, the President of the 39th session of the General Conference welcomed participants to what she described as a prospective dialogue entitled this year, The Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO's Role in the Multilateral System.

    In her address, the Director-General of UNESCO declared: "Today, when we see the rise of doctrines based on withdrawal and rejection of others, I believe we need the same courage and the same commitment towards peace, dialogue and empathy"