Monday, January 16

U.S. Department of State Co-Hosts High-Level Forum on Combating Anti-Muslim Discrimination

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 16, 2017

On January 17, the Permanent Missions of the United States and Canada to the United Nations, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations, and the European Union Delegation to the United Nations will jointly host the High- Level Forum on Combating Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Hatred.

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The day-long event at the United Nations will examine the rise of anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred globally from the perspective of governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector representatives. It will also focus on best practices to combat anti-Muslim discrimination and highlight strategies that promote positive narratives of pluralism. Forum participants will provide recommendations on effective responses by all sectors of society to address the continued challenge
of all forms of discrimination and hatred on the basis of religion or belief in all parts of the world.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres will offer a video message to open the Forum. U.S. Special Envoy to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar, Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Arsalan Suleman, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein, and U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Michele Sison will also participate in the High Level Forum and offer remarks.

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