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Published: Monday November 26, 2012 MYT 3:23:00 PMUpdated: Monday November 26, 2012 MYT 3:24:15 PM
By SIRA HABIBU
KUALA LUMPUR: United Nations Alliance of Civilisation (UNAOC) sees a great potential in engaging the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) to drown the voice of extremism.
Both UNAOC and GMMF are expected to sign an MoU next month on playing a more important regional role to promote dialogues on political, economic, religious and socio-cultural issues in the region.
UNAOC high representative Jorge Sampaio said there was an enormous potential for cooperation between the two entities.
”GMM basically calls on the voices of moderation to drown the voices of all kinds of extremism (including political, religious, ultra-nationalistic and radicalism)," he said this after presenting a lecture on "Realising the Global Movement of Moderates via the UNAC" at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Monday.
Sampaio, former Portugal President, said the practice of moderation at all levels including at the international level was essential in conflict prevention, dispute management, conflict resolution, and peace building.
"There are a number of joint actions we can develop together, as well as in cooperation with other partners such as the ASEAN," he said.
In the first stage, youth, education, media and migration issues could be tackled with result-oriented action plans, he said.
GMMF chief executive officer Khalek Awang said the MoU with UNAOC would be signed by the end of the year, together with the action plans.
GMMF chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said Malaysia is a shining example of what moderation is about.
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