UEMF hosts the youth event of the 9th United Nations Global Forum on the Alliance of Civilizations

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The Euromed University of Fez (UEMF) is hosting, from November 21 to 23, 2022, the youth event of the 9th World Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations which is being held in Fez (UNAOC).

The World Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is being held for the first time on the African continent. Due to the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, concerning world peace, the promotion of intercultural and intercultural dialogue, living together and inclusion, this Forum is being held in Morocco and particularly in the spiritual and ancestral city of Fez, home to the oldest and still operating university in the world, Al Qarawiyine University, which was the rear base of the golden age of Muslim civilization in Andalusia by providing and sharing science and knowledge with the peninsula Iberian and by extension with Europe and the world.  

Ministers of Foreign Affairs, intellectuals, religious figures and also senior representatives of different countries from five continents are participating in this global event to make the voice of tolerance, living together, unity and one voice heard. indivisible humanity, at a time when ideas and ideologies of withdrawal into identity, radicalization, extremism, terrorism, but also xenophobia, hatred and rejection of others unfortunately proliferate.

By decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad and in consultation with the UN, the "youth" component of the Forum takes place at the Euromed University of Fez, whose project of creation emanates from His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The primary mission of the UEMF is to promote intercultural dialogue, exchange and cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean with a natural extension towards sub-Saharan Africa where 43 nationalities currently coexist among its students and teachers. researchers.  

The ''Youth'' component of the forum began this morning, November 21, at the UEMF with welcoming words from Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and Mr. Mostapha Bousmina, President of the UEMF. 

Mr. Bousmina insisted on the important and salutary role of His Majesty the King, advocate and fervent defender of pluralism, respect for cultures and religions, and true unifier of peoples by favoring the spirit of harmony over that of discord, consensus rather than dissensus, the logic of addition rather than subtraction. The cardinal values ​​of Morocco in terms of tolerance, living together and otherness, he said, are illustrated by the facts by giving examples such as royal concern in matters of preservation and enhancement of Moroccan Jewish heritage, of Morocco's migration policy and the inclusion of sub-Saharan migrants, the scholarship policy for sub-Saharan students, the training of imams to preach the values ​​of peace, moderation and the middle ground to prevent against ideologies fanaticism, radicalization and terrorism. The young people present were amazed and delighted to hear Mr. Bousmina read the preamble to Morocco's 2011 constitution, which explains the diversity of Moroccan identity and the values ​​of tolerance and inclusion that characterize the Morocco and Moroccans.   

After the opening words, the 300 young participants representing 98 nationalities split into several groups to exchange and debate within the UEMF Eco-Campus on themes related to interreligious dialogue and the fight against discrimination. and intolerance based on religion via all channels, including social media. Also, other themes linked to the promotion of peace through sport, the role of education and women for a fairer, more peaceful and more inclusive society and the change in the narrative concerning migration were discussed. These exchanges and debates will continue until November 23.

At the end of these three days of exchange and cross-pollination of opinions, young people will formulate recommendations to the United Nations for a more tolerant, fairer and more inclusive world.