UNESCO sponsors an international conference on radicalization in Quebec

unesco-conference-devrait-reunirQuebec City will host this autumn a major international conference to fight against radicalization, according to The Canadian Press has learned Thursday.

Sponsored by UNESCO, the conference is expected to attract between 400 and 500 researchers from around the globe interested in this growing phenomenon that has no boundaries, especially in the Internet age.

The event is to take place between late October and early November. The exact dates to be determined.

It will occur just prior to the next Francophonie Summit in Madagascar, which also will focus the search for a more stable world, by fighting to the radicalization of young people.

The Quebec conference, scientists and policy accents, will focus mainly on the attractiveness of youth through the websites of extremist or terrorist organizations.

We will try to document the phenomenon, to understand why and how these extremist organizations manage to indoctrinate young people to the point of convincing them to join their ranks and take up arms to defend their ideas and beliefs.

The problem is complex, difficult to eradicate, since often rooted behind the closed door of a teenager’s bedroom or a young adult solitary and taciturn.

The idea behind this international conference was launched last summer by the Minister of International Relations, Christine St-Pierre.

The radicalization of young Internet “it is about time all democratic nations,” commented interviewed Ms. St-Pierre.

UNESCO, whose headquarters are in Paris and whose mandate includes education, will host the event and list the invited researchers, with the support of the Quebec government, which puts $ 500,000 in the prize pool.

Testimonials

On the sidelines of the dissemination of the latest research on the topic, the conference will also be the scene of examples of preferred interventions by some cities or countries to detect young people likely to be associated with radical organizations advocating armed violence .

Young people could be invited to testify, as well as mothers who had to deal with a party son do jihad in Syria, for example.

After the exchange, Ms. St-Pierre wants the conference leads to recommendations, on how to prioritize to prevent radicalization, a huge challenge in the digital age.

She says she is proud to have been able to attract to Québec City a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this meeting on a major topic of international concern time, and that requires a concerted international as well.

“The idea was to hold the conference. The idea was to have it in Quebec and to welcome researchers from around the world who will come to exchange and discuss that question, “she says.

Analysts national security issues generally refer to that radicalization through online communication and sharing to social networks is a growing phenomenon.

For extremist groups, online recruitment opens up unexpected perspectives.

In Quebec, the former number two of the International Organization of the Francophonie, Clément Duhaime, will bridge the gap between UNESCO and the Government to carry out the holding of the event.

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