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Department for International Development written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Her Majesty's Government what role they are seeking for UNESCO in the battle for hearts and minds, in the cause of defeating terrorism and building world security.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

UNESCO’s mandate is to coordinate international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication to strengthen ties between nations and societies, including freedom of expression, universal respect for human rights and global citizenship. It is committed to developing more inclusive and prosperous societies, which are also more resilient to the poisonous ideologies of extremism. UNESCO has delivered some good work in the area of education and extremism, including a useful Teacher’s Guide on Preventing Violent Extremism. We will be pushing UNESCO to ensure its advice is informed by evidence and that any activities they implement in this area are rigorously evaluated to assess what works.

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