Grove Harris represented the Temple of Understanding at this High Level Forum at the United Nations on January 17, 2017.
A few key themes were discussed throughout the day.
There was a clear recognition of the rise of anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred in many parts of the world. The global migration crisis, the rise of xenophobic movements, identity politics, the spread of violent extremist ideology, and terrorist attacks around the world, along with misinformation and negative stereotypes disseminated through various forms of media, have contributed to the challenge.
Many speakers underscored the connections between anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred and other forms of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance, including Antisemitism and anti-immigrant discrimination. In discussing possible solutions, there was broad recognition of the need to address all forms of discrimination and hatred, in particular on the basis of religion or belief, in all parts of the world by applying universal standards to provide equal protection to all individuals.
There was widespread consensus on the need for a concerted effort by all sectors of society to focus on solutions to this growing challenge. Three expert panels focused on key mechanisms to address this issue: i) Government Policies to Combat Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Hatred; ii) Civil Society Coalition-Building; and, iii) Positive Narratives to Promote Pluralism and Inclusion.
Grove took the opportunity to share Chicago Police Diversity Training Videos with Mr. Treene. These online videos include an overarching one on Security, Diversity, Respect, as well as brief videos on the following traditions:
- Sikhism (https://archive.org/details/gov.doj.ncj.212664.v1.3)
- Buddhism (https://archive.org/details/gov.doj.ncj.212664.v1.4)
- Islam (https://archive.org/details/gov.doj.ncj.212664.v1.5)
- Judaism (https://archive.org/details/gov.doj.ncj.212664.v1.6)
- Hinduism (https://archive.org/details/gov.doj.ncj.212664.v1.7)
- Eastern Orthodox (https://archive.org/details/gov.doj.ncj.212664.v1.8