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Vienna, 12 February 2018


Meeting on the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders to Prevent Incitement to Violence

on 13 - 15 February 2018

Vienna International Centre

Boardroom D, C-Building, 4th Floor

 Media representatives are invited to cover the Meeting on 13 and 15 February.

In addition, a press briefing will be held on 15 February 2018 at 13:00
at Room C0229, C-Building, 2nd Floor

Religious leaders and actors from various faiths and denominations, representatives from secular and religious civil society, new and traditional media, Member States, multilateral organizations and United Nations entities will gather at the United Nations in Vienna from 13-15 February 2018 to attend the Meeting on the Implementation of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes (the Plan of Action).

Participants will discuss practical ways to implement the Plan of Action and will identify priorities for its implementation in different regions, based on the thematic areas identified by the Plan of Action, including the prevention of incitement to gender violence and violent extremism, increasing collaboration with education institutions and the media, strengthening interfaith dialogue and fostering peaceful, inclusive and just societies.


The Plan of Action - the first specifically designed to enable religious leaders to prevent and counter incitement to violence - was launched by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in July 2017 at a meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Plan of Action is pioneering both in its focus on the role of religious leaders and actors, and in the wide range of organizations and stakeholders that contributed to its development. It contains concrete recommendations to prevent incitement to violence, strengthen communities' resistance to incitement to violence, and build mechanisms for a united response. Secretary-General Guterres called for its widest dissemination and implementation.

The Plan of Action was developed in response to an alarming spike in recent years in hate speech and incitement to violence against individuals or communities, based on their identity. It is the result of two years of intensive consultations at the global and regional levels organized by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect with the support of the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), the World Council of Churches (WCC), and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.

Implementation of the Plan of Action will contribute to the prevention of atrocity crimes, especially in areas affected by religious and sectarian tensions and violence and enhance the respect, protection and promotion of human rights, including the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of religion or belief and peaceful assembly.


The meeting will be open to the media.

Media representatives who wish to cover the event, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should write to press[at] by COB 14 February 2018.

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For further information, please contact:

Simona Cruciani
Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide
Phone: +1 917-367-5430
Email: Cruciani[at]


Katharina Goetze
Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4949
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-4949
Email: katharina.goetze[at]


Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer
News and Media Liaison Unit, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-3342
Email: press[at]

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