For the UNESCO-PREV Chair, as for everyone around the world, the watchwords for this year 2020 have been adaptation and resilience in the context of the global Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, this crisis has confirmed the importance of our mission: how to prevent radicalization and violent extremism?
While solidarity actions have multiplied, there has also been a proliferation of misinformation, messages of hatred and intolerance and violent extremist ideologies of all kinds. The crisis has fuelled and reinforced an already well-established global trend. In this context, the Chair once again experienced a particularly active year in Quebec, Canada and internationally.
The 2020 programming, presented in our 2020 Annual Report, outlines the main projects carried out during this year. Although the Chair had to postpone several events, including three major national and international conferences, it was able to rethink the format of certain activities.
For example, it offered its first massive open online course “From Hate to Hope” and developed a new toolkit on racial and social profiling. In addition, the Chair has expanded its mapping of areas of expertise and its bank of experts in the prevention of violent radicalization and extremism. It has also developed a new research program on misinformation, conspiracy thinking and violent extremism, and finalized the terms of reference for a study commissioned by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and its FrancoPREV network. These are just a few examples of the activities carried out in 2020.
Please note that the report is only available in French.