Doha – HE High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser praised the status of the Doha Forum as an international platform that helps achieve global stability.

HE the High Representative was speaking in a session entitled ‘Development, Stability and the Refugee Crisis in the Media’ and said that the forum has become an important platform to discussing important topics in politics and economy. His Excellency added that the forum also gathers leading scientists, academics, and decision makers to discuss these important topics.

His Excellency said that the new refugee wave has been deemed as a burden on economic resources, in addition to the possibility that the refugees would not be able to adapt to the new society as well as fears that some of the refugees might have ties to terrorism. His Excellency said that the rise of anti-immigration parties in refugee-hosting nations was out of fear that those countries might lose their identities.

HE the High Representative discussed the role of media in society and said that it now plays a primary role. His Excellency said that it would be worth examining if media can be used to prevent tensions and conflicts. His Excellency then discussed the efforts of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in ending hate speech against refugees in the media through its partnership with the European Union, which was signed last January. His Excellency noted that they will present a full report on the matter.

The other step that the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations has made in that regard was holding a seminar on hate speech in the Middle-East and North Africa. His Excellency noted that they will also publish a report on that seminar.

In concluding his remarks, HE the High Representative called for encouraging diversity and understanding as well as achieving sustainable development. His Excellency added that their commitment as an international agency was building bridges between different cultures. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency