Baku, April 25, AZERTAC
“Youth and media are particularly key actors in moving forward to the goal of inclusive societies. And without you, we would not be able to achieve our objectives,” the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has told the opening ceremony of the Youth Event of the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku.
“This ceremony marks an occasion for us to welcome you to the UNAOC family. In opening this event, we also highlight something we deeply believe in at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations: the strength of young people and their ability to transform our world for the better. For the Alliance, inclusive societies cannot exist without the full participation of youth.”
“The Youth Event is just one of many youth-focused activities and programming that we offer. These are built on the principle that young people are the primary agents of change – not just in the future – but in our present as well,” he said.
“Through our Fellowship program, we sponsor every year young people from the Middle East, Europe and North America to experience immersive visits in each other’s regions. This program enables participants to understand other cultures and traditions, to believe in the importance of living with the others and to encourage them to reject any type of violence. It empowers them to better fight xenophobia and the East-West divide as they go back to communities where they are emerging as leaders,” Mr Abdulaziz Al-Nasser added.