GENEVA, 9th January, 2017 (WAM) — The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue orgainsed several symposiums, seminars and conferences over the past year to address key global issues.

The centre also consolidated its co-operation with a number of permanent missions, including the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Pakistan and Azerbaijan missions, as well as with prestigious international institutions, notably the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and a group of African states.

In its annual report, the centre said it had held more than seven seminars and panel discussions, and came up with five publications and 13 press releases in 2016 to communicate its vision to the world regarding sensitive issues, especially human rights, which accounted for 32 percent of the efforts and activities of the centre.

Peaceful coexistence and Islamophobia also claimed key importance on the centre’s agenda and 28 percent of the centre’s activities targeted these two issues. Other topics included women’s issues, which accounted for 14 percent of the centre’s activities, extremism (14 percent), racism and rejection of discrimination (7 percent), refugee issues (3.5 percent) and other issues (1.5 percent).

Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qasim, Chairman of the centre, said the report covered symposiums, panel discussions and conferences, which were organised in conjunction with the strategic partners. Those events also attracted experts, academics and specialists, he added.