Peace: Guterres hails Fez Action Plan commitment

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed the Fez Plan of Action for its commitment to promoting peace, understanding, mutual respect and the fundamental rights of all peoples.

In a message read on his behalf Wednesday in Fez at the opening of the high-level international symposium celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence can lead to atrocity crimes “Fez Action Plan”, Guterres highlighted the importance of this Plan which presented the multiple ways through which religious leaders can contribute to bring about peace and stability.

“I welcome this Plan for its commitment to promoting peace, understanding, mutual respect and the fundamental rights of all peoples, and for presenting the multiple avenues through which religious leaders can contribute to bringing about peace. and stability,” Guterres stressed.

He highlighted the importance of “this spirit of compassion and cooperation” at a time when the world is “in turmoil, marked by hunger and hatred, poverty and pandemics, disasters, inequalities and intolerance”.

The UN official, in this regard, said that at the United Nations level, they are working with their religious partners to “bring people together and build egalitarian societies where the human rights of each person are fully respected”, calling to continue to work to build bridges between religions, and create a more peaceful and just world for all.

For her part, the Deputy Secretary General and Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations for the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu noted the importance of this symposium, stressing that the Fez Action Plan is a “very important “.

“We traveled the world with this action plan. I traveled everywhere: to Bangladesh, to the Central African Republic, to Iraq, to ​​Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Germany, and to many other countries in the world to discuss this document and what we can do with it,” he said. – she says.

She also paid tribute to Morocco’s role in the adoption of the resolution proclaiming an International Day for the Elimination of Hate Speech, which is June 18 of each year.

“We are very grateful to the Kingdom of Morocco for all its initiatives. When we talk about hate speech, we also refer to the Rabat action plan on the prohibition of any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. added Wairimu Nderitu.

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