Professor Khalili is a co-founder and member of the Global Leadership Council of ‘The Global Hope Coalition’, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, is establishing a global platform to empower courageous individuals who stand up to terror and violence, preserve our heritage and build bridges across cultures. These extraordinary people are fighting hate and violence, denouncing bigotry and preserving dignity for all. They are risking their lives; they are Everyday Heroes. The Global Hope Coalition was launched at the New York Public Library on September 18, 2017, chaired by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at a star-studded special ceremony bringing together 550 government and business leaders, cultural icons, philanthropists, and human rights activists with the avowed aim of “taking the fight against extremism and intolerance to the next level.” At the event, ten men and women from around the world who are taking great risks to oppose extremists, wherever they spread lies, bigotry, and hatred, were honored as Everyday Heroes.
The Global Hope Coalition is taking action to engage, mobilize and strengthen the global network of Everyday Heroes fighting to end violent extremism, preserve cultural heritage and promote intercultural dialogue by:
• Creating and fostering a support network
• Establishing training programs
• Setting up a results-based evaluation, monitoring and reporting system
• Enhancing fundraising capabilities
• Facilitating academic and leadership outreach
The founding members of the Global Hope Coalition are men and women of from various backgrounds and cultures, united in the conviction that extremism and intolerance pose a grave threat to the future of our children, shared cultural heritage and intercultural relations. This threat can only be overcome through the mobilization of civil society forces, international organizations, and the private sector working in tandem with Member States of the United Nations. The Founders of Global Hope Europe, based in Switzerland, are Irina Bokova, Eric de Rothschild, Nasser David Khalili and Ylias Akbaraly.
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