MONTREAL, Canada, 14th February, 2016 (WAM) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that it’s the highest priority to work with countries like Canada to stem the rise of radicalisation and extremism.

Mr. Ban praised Montreal’s preventative approach during a visit to an anti-radicalisation centre this morning. He said that countries must also protect and promote human rights and dignity while working to counter terrorism. Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre, said the city offers a model for combating radicalisation that is unique in the world.

Ban is wrapping up a three-day visit to Canada that included meetings with new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Quebec Premier, Philippe Couillard.

On Friday, Mr. Couillard announced that the province would allocate $500,000 to collaborate with the UN to host an anti-radicalisation conference later this year.

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