The fight against radicalization leading to violence
In response to the growing worldwide phenomenon of radicalization, the Government of Québec has decided to make the fight against radicalization leading to violence one of its core priorities.
Québec and UNESCO, in collaboration with a host of partners, organized the Québec-UNESCO Conference entitled "Internet and the
radicalization of youth: preventing, acting and living together", which was held from October 30 to
November 1, 2016. The three-day conference brought together hundreds of international experts on radicalization.
In addition to the initiatives it is poised to implement, the Government of Québec is adding its voice to those of the participants of the Québec-UNESCO Conference, who tabled a document entitled Québec’s Call for Action at the end of their deliberations. This initiative was approved on November 11, 2017 by the General Conference, UNESCO's supreme governing body.
The landmark document is a call for action, urging civil society, researchers, governments and private sector organizations to rally together around a common goal. The document was released on November 1, 2016, the last day of the Québec-UNESCO Conference in the presence of the Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard, and the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre.
We encourage Quebecers—and all citizens of the world—to read Québec’s Call for Action and get on board today!
UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism
The UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism was launched at the Université de Sherbrooke in February 2018. This is the very first chair in the world that studies this specific issue. Its creation is a direct outcome of the Québec-UNESCO Conference in October 2016.
The Chair’s mission is to develop, share, and promote emerging research and knowledge on the prevention of radicalization and extreme violence. The Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University are also partners. One of the Chair’s initiatives is to set up an online information exchange platform for researchers and practitioners in this area.
The Government of Québec will contribute $400,000 over four years to the Chair, which is fully aligned with the priorities it announced in the 2015-2018 governmental action plan on radicalization in Québec entitled La radicalisation au Québec: agir, prévenir, détecter et vivre ensemble.