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  • 8:00 – 9:30 New York
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Geneva
  • Asako Okai

    UN Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Bureau

  • Alice Nderitu

    United Nations Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention

  • Bani Dugal

    Principal Representative
    Baha'i International Community

  • David Diaz-Jogeix

    Senior Director of Programmes
    ARTICLE 19

Preventing atrocity crimes: Countering and addressing hate speech

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This event focuses on the prevention of atrocity crimes by zooming in on one of the main risk indicators – hate speech – as per the Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes

The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of countering and addressing hate speech as a way to build societies resilient to the risk of violence including violent extremism and atrocity crimes – genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, with a particular focus on addressing and countering hate speech and its root causes. 

It also aims to showcase the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration to implement the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. Finally, the event aims at stressing the importance of focusing prevention initiatives at the grassroots, including by engaging with local civil society organizations to counter and address hate speech, as per the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes

Opening speakers

  • Asako Okai, UN Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Crisis Bureau, UNDP
  • Alice Nderitu, UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention


Voices from global civil society

  • Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the UN
  • David Diaz-Jogeix, Senior Director of Programmes, ARTICLE 19


Grassroots initiatives


  • Zena Ali Ahmad, Resident Representative, UNDP
  • Abdulaziz Younis Al-Jarba, Founder and Executive Director of Al-Tahreer Association for Development, CSO
  • Danielle Bell, Chief of UNAMI Human Rights Office


  • Jocelyn Mason, Resident Representative, UNDP
  • Nadja Wuensche, PCVE (Prevention/Countering Violent Extremism) Technical Specialist, UNDP
  • Abdirizak Omar Bod, PCVE (Prevention/Countering Violent Extremism) Focal Point at the HirShabelle Office of President, Government of Somalia


  • Matthias Naab, Resident Coordinator, UN Cameroon
  • Mark Hann, Programme Officer for Human Security Collective
  • Anschaire Aveved, Executive Secretary of the Human Rights Observatory steering committee (Pre-recorded Interview)


Moderator: Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues