Societies grapple with identity-based tensions, says senior UN official

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Nassir Al-Nasser, the High Representative of the UNAOC. (Photo © UNAOC/Aaron Fineman)

Societies around the world continue to grapple with identity-based tensions, according to the head of the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

Nassir Al-Nasser spoke at the start of the 6th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Bali, Indonesia on Friday.

He described the forum, under the theme "Unity in Diversity", as a historical chance to celebrate the world's diversity.

Mr. Al-Nasser said that much has changed since he assumed the post of UN High Representatives for the UN Alliance of Civilizations in February 2013.

"The events of the past two months alone are enough to alarm us. The crises in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and further afield in the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Myanmar and Sri Lanka so clearly demonstrate that societies are grappling with identity-based tensions." (26)

The UN Secretary-General is participating in the Bali meeting which has brought together government, business and faith leaders as well as youth representatives.

Derrick Mbatha,

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