Year of joining GAAMAC: 2021

UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s founding vision was born in response to the Second World War, marked by racist and antisemitic violence.

More than seventy five years on, as cultural diversity is under attack and new forms of intolerance, rejection of scientific facts and threats to freedom of expression challenge peace and human rights, UNESCO’s duty remains to reaffirm the humanist missions of education, science and culture. This includes promoting education to prevent genocide by providing a forum to address violent pasts and by fostering the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to prevent current day intolerance and discrimination.

UNESCO and GAAMAC share a vision of a more peaceful global community that strives for global cooperation towards a better prevention of atrocity crimes. GAAMAC’s and UNESCO’s missions align in areas of addressing  and countering the root causes of atrocity crimes, may it be systemic discrimination and intolerance, hate speech or violent extremist ideologies, early on through raising awareness and promoting education on all levels of society.

To UNESCO, GAAMAC provides an international forum to advance atrocity prevention on global policy agendas in all regions of the world and can help better shape regional educational approaches to atrocity crime prevention.

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