Doha Forum stresses need to develop the UN to address global challenges

Monday 23 May 2016 at 11:55

The Doha Forum on Sunday hosted a Session on Security, which brought together a number of UN officials along with Foreign and Defense ministers and discussed the regional situation and means to meet the global challenges.

Participants stressed the importance of regional and international cooperation to combat extremism and violence, in addition to the need for the United Nations to play its role without any discrimination, especially with regard to the UN Security Council's resolutions, the role of women, the fair distribution of wealth and the launch of new initiatives aimed at protecting human rights, eliminating violence and trapping terrorism.

In this context, HE Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Nasr, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations stressed that violent extremism and terrorist operations the world is witnessing represent a threat to international peace and security and widen the gap between the communities and states, pointing out that extremists and terrorist groups seek to spread hatred and violence among the communities against the Charter of the United Nations and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The Alliance of Civilizations is one of the soft means created in order to contribute to a more secure and peaceful world through tackling extremism and radicalism, promoting cultural exchange and addressing the problems and challenges facing the contemporary world, HE Al Nasr added, referring to the Baku Declaration achieved at the conclusion of the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Baku, Azerbaijan last month.

The role of communities is to provide channels and means of social, economic and political integration to ensure the right to work, he said, stressing that the fulfillment of these elements would limit the risks posed by violent extremism and terrorism especially.

The luck of prosperity in communities leads to marginalization, exclusion and unemployment among youth which prompt extremism, he went on saying.

Focusing on security solutions and measures has proven its failure, HE Al Nasr said, stressing that extremism and terrorism grow when human rights are violated and the aspirations of the people are ignored.

He urged participants to strengthen cooperation among international communities, non-governmental organizations and civil society institutions to address the roots of terrorism and extremism.