The work of the Global Conference on Inclusive Democratic Participation to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism, which is being held in hybrid mode, opened in Rabat on Wednesday.
The inaugural session of this two-day meeting took place in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, the President of the CNDH, Amina Bouayach and the Secretary General of the Community of Democracies, Thomas E. Garrett, and with the participation, in virtual mode, of the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, and of the Secretary General of the Rabita Mohammadia of the Ulema, Ahmed Abbadi.
Speaking on this occasion, Bourita affirmed that Morocco is recognized worldwide for its fight against terrorism and radicalization as well as for its efforts in terms of prevention, in particular, the integration of women in peace processes.
“Morocco has put in place an ambitious policy of fight and prevention against this scourge, having contributed in the medium and long terms to inclusive democratic participation,” said the minister.
Morocco, under the impetus of a strong policy led by King Mohammed VI, has made the consolidation of democracy, and more particularly inclusive democratic participation, the cornerstone of building a modern society and democratic. The Kingdom’s deep conviction is that there could be no development without stability and stability without democracy, he argued.
Also, he continued, the multiple reforms undertaken by the Kingdom at the constitutional, legislative and regulatory levels all converge towards the achievement of inclusive democratic participation, more particularly of women and young people, on the basis of the common basis of international human rights instruments.
“Our country is in the process of finalizing its first National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, in application of Security Council resolution 1325 and on the basis of an inclusive and participatory approach involving all of the ministerial departments concerned ”, welcomed Bourita.
More than a simple checkbox in the list of obligations arising from this resolution, this action plan is intended to be a real transformation tool aimed at channeling efforts to strengthen the resilience of women in the face of emerging threats in an environment increasingly complex regional and international, explained the minister.
And to specify that this action plan will serve as a framework for the convergence of policies in the fields of preventive diplomacy, mediation, peacekeeping, the promotion of a culture of peace and equality and economic participation of women.
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, in partnership with the Community of Democracies (CdD), the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and the Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas , this meeting is intended to be a platform for exchange around the challenges and good practices in the prevention and fight against violent extremism through inclusive democratic participation.
It also sets itself the objective of launching a reflection on the means of training in order to equip young people with the necessary skills to counter violent extremism and to immunize them against hate speech.
On the program for the first day is a first panel on “Risks of radicalization in social media”, which will focus on the advantages and threats of the digital revolution on the modern world, such as the militarization of social media by malicious forces seeking to radicalize tech-savvy youth.
During the second day, “The importance of women’s participation in preventing and countering violent extremism” and “Promoting a dialogue of inclusion and tolerance to counter extremist narratives” will feature ‘subject of two panels, while the closing ceremony will be an opportunity to present the conclusions and observations of the various participants.
The conference is attended by a range of experts and specialists from several countries, including Romania, which holds the rotating presidency of the CdD, Nigeria, The Gambia, Poland and Morocco, in addition to representatives of international organizations, in this case NATO and UNESCO.