Within the framework of Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship, the Federal Foreign Office hosted a Conference on Tolerance and Diversity in Berlin. The event consisted of two parts: The Civil Society Pre‑Conference on 19 October, and the Conference for the representatives and officials of the OSCE participating States on 20 October.
The Civil Society Pre‑Conference
The contribution of civil society actors, especially through education, towards tackling prejudices and hatred as well as through combating hate speech were the focus of a civil society pre-conference. Civil society representatives discussed the role of state and non-state actors in promoting tolerance and diversity, interrelations between combating hatred in social media and freedom of opinion and expression, how to effectively safeguard against discrimination, and what alliances can be formed for joint advocacy. The results of these discussions were presented at the conference on 20 October.
As Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, the Special Representative for the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016, emphasized in the opening speech, the OSCE participating States have already made commitments to actively support activities and partnerships in civil society to set up local, regional and national advice mechanisms to promote mutual respect and combat intolerance.
Working group on Education for Tolerance and Diversity
Terraforming took an active part at the Pre-Conference for Civil Society, particularly in the discussions at the Working group on Education for Tolerance and Diversity, contributing propositions to the Civil Society recommendations.