The United Nations has named Spanish diplomat Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), as its “Focal Point” responsible with monitoring antisemitism.
Moratinos, appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, will now be tasked with “enhancing a system-wide response” to combat global antisemitism – within an international body that has long been accused of anti-Israel bias.
“In his capacity as the United Nations Focal Point designated by the United Nations Secretary-General to monitor antisemitism and enhance a system-wide response, the High Representative underscores that the United Nations is fully engaged in combating antisemitism as well as all forms of discrimination and intolerance based on religion or belief,” the UNAOC said in a press statement on Tuesday.
Moratinos reiterates that the alliance “promotes mutual respect, cultural diversity and religious pluralism, as well as strengthening interfaith dialogue across the faith spectrum in line with its motto ‘Many cultures, One Humanity,'” it added. “In this context, the High Representative stresses that countering hate speech and all forms of discrimination, including against Jews and all other communities, religious or otherwise, requires adopting a human rights-based approach.”
The position mirrors similar roles in the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, positions that have been used to coordinate global efforts among governments and NGOs in order to take antisemitism head on.
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