MoS calls for chalking out a Global Action Plan to counter the alarming surge in Islamophobia at the 9th Global Forum of the UNAOC

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Islamabad (Rana tariq) The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, addressed the 9th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), being hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in the city of Fez from 22-23 November 2022.

In her statement, the Minister of State articulated Pakistan’s perspective and concerns about the growing problem of religious intolerance, discrimination, Islamophobia and violence worldwide. She highlighted the importance of continued and robust inter-religious, inter-civilizational and inter-faith dialogue as a catalyst to promote peaceful co-existence, mutual understanding, and harmony.

The Minister of State particularly drew attention towards the state-driven discrimination, hostility and phobia directed against Muslims and Islam, and the ensuing climate of impunity for such heinous acts. She urged that given its pervasive and widely documented impacts, it was time for the international community and the United Nations to formulate an action plan to meaningfully address the insidious phenomenon of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.

The UN Alliance of Civilizations was created in 2005 in response to tensions between the Muslim world and the West in the aftermath of 9/11. One of its core objectives is to advance mutual respect for all cultures, traditions and religious beliefs.

The Global Forum is the highest profile event of the Alliance, which brings together States, religious leaders, civil society, youth, academia and representatives of private sector to deliberate upon the contemporary issue of intolerance, hatred, discrimination and violence against individuals and communities due to their religious beliefs. The 9th Forum is being held under the overarching theme of “Towards an Alliance of Peace: Living Together as One Humanity”. As member of the UNAOC Group of Friends, Pakistan has been actively contributing in advancing the Alliance’s mandate.