MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Most violent extremism is caused by ignorance, she stressed, describing UNESCO as an organization capable of defeating the strongest form of violence by educating people about global cultural diversity and helping build stronger cultural identities.
"I think that UNESCO is the only organization that can build international peace and security, especially, during times when we are as a global human community threatened by extremism, radicalization of views and violence. The only fight back is education… UNESCO is needed now more than ever, it is the one organization that can assist the UN system cope with extremism, violence and terrorism," Khattab said.
UNESCO's next chief will be chosen in October 2017 by the General Conference. The mandate of the organization’s current director general, Bulgaria's Irina Bokova, expires this year.