MBC Group’s CSR arm, MBC Hope – which focuses on the empowerment and development of youth – has concluded its participation in the 2019 Paris Peace Forum.
It appeared on a key panel entitled ‘As One: Culture for Peace and a Culture of Peace’.
The session focused on the role of education in promoting culture – its distinct set of ideas, behaviours or intellectual portrayals which imbues its people’s arts and humanities – and how it possesses the unique ability to transcend the challenges which often foster aggression and create division.
It is particularly crucial following times of conflict, where striving towards a historically faithful restoration of culture contributes to the process of peace and healing.
Appearing on the panel were MBC Group’s official spokesman, Mazen Hayek, alongside Luca Jahier, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); and Hasini Haputhanthri, peacebuilding expert of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The session was moderated by chairman of Forum Europe/Forum Global and founder of Encompass (previously E!Sharp), Paul Adamson.
Hayek discussed the role of media in raising awareness of individual cultures and empowering communities, and how it has the ability to spread values of tolerance and peace as opposed to encouraging war and conflict.
He also stressed the importance of media serving as an unbiased intermediary between political opponents, promoting best practices of governance, accountability, and fighting corruption. He stated that one of the most vital roles of the media is to play the role of “crisis-seeker”, anticipating conflicts prior to them emerging, and therefore offering an opportunity for “early intervention” to seek to heal conflict in its early stages.
Now in its second edition, the Paris Peace Forum is an international event held annually in France that focuses on global governance issues and multilateralism; and finding solutions to challenges ranging from climate change and terrorism, to migration and cyber security.
The 2019 event – which featured French President Emmanuel Macron welcoming more than 30 heads of state and government – took place at la Grande Halle de la Villette.