New York, 15 June 2023 (TDI): On June 14, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed a resolution calling on the international community to prevent incitement and condemn hate speech, racism, and extremism.
UNSC adopts Resolution 2686 under UAE Chairmanship
The UAE chaired the UNSC session on “Maintenance of international peace and security: The values of human fraternity in promoting and sustaining peace.” Additionally, the country assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council in June 2023.
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2686 was drafted by the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The UN has recognized xenophobia, hate speech, racism, intolerance, and gender extremism as the root causes of conflict.
Moreover, the resolution underscored the negative impacts of gender discrimination and racial intolerance around the globe. The UNSC resolution 2686 was adopted, urging the member countries and stakeholders to condemn these acts publicly.
UAE’s Standing on These Issues
The UAE Minister of State, Noura Al Kaabi, chaired the ministerial-level session of the Security Council. She noted that the world has recently faced the highest number of conflicts since World War 2.
The UAE minister underlined extremism as a tool for stimulating violence and fueling conflicts among nations. Consequently, religious places and educational institutes had become major targets for extremist elements.
Furthermore, the Minister noted that the persecution of individuals based on their identity, and religion is a common practice in today’s world.
“Hate speech and extremism also disproportionately affect women and girls, further entrenching inequality and obstacles for their participation in public life,” she added.
She emphasized that the exploitation of technology and social media platforms is propagating these evils beyond national borders.
The minister reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to fostering the values of tolerance, peaceful co-existence, and human fraternity to promote and sustain peace globally.
Before the vote, the Ambassador of the UAE to the UN, Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, addressed the ministerial session of the UNSC. She emphasized that hatred and prejudice run through generations and do not vanish when the war ends.
Ambassador Lana noted that the practice of tolerance and peaceful coexistence are the cornerstones of long-lasting peace in the world.