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Countering Hate Speech Through the Promotion of IRD and Cooperation for Peace

Self-Paced E-Learning Course
Free of Charge
Number of modules
Programme area
Sustainable Development, Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Peacebuilding, Hate Speech
1 Week
Start dates
Starts Upon Registration
Learning time
2 Hours
Application deadline
Certificate Awarded
Course Description

This short, self-paced course was developed by KAICIID and UPEACE. It looks at the disturbing rise of xenophobia, racism and intolerance from the perspective of the United Nations. In this sense, violence committed ‘in the name of religion’ can lead to massive violations of human rights, including freedom of religion or belief. Mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of the dialogue among civilizations and of the culture of peace in order to tackle the disturbing rise of hate speech.


The course provides methodology and policy recommendations on how to identify and counter hate speech through the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace with potential partners at all levels.


All course components are available now and can be completed at a time that is convenient for you (within a one-month period). Please note that this course is not facilitated by a course team leader. Any specific questions can be emailed to the KAICID E-Learning Programme at GEORGIA.GLEOUDI@KAICIID.ORG or elearning@KAICIID.ORG

KAICIID launched the FAITH4SDGS Project. More information and material can be found here:


Target Audience

This course is specifically designed for religious leaders, faith-based organizations, civil society and non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and other multilateral institutions, government officials, policy and decision-makers and individuals interested in this field.

What You'll Learn
  • The theme of the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace and its linkage with the protection of human rights, including the prohibition of hate speech and good practices of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (IDRC)
  • The rights-based approach to intercultural and interreligious dialogue in countering hate speech
  • The areas of action to counter hate speech through the interreligious and intercultural dialogue in light of the UN practice
About KAICIID's Series of SDGs Short Courses

The practice of using interreligious dialogue (IRD) for engaging faith actors to support and promote the UN SDGs is rapidly emerging as a necessary tool for the twenty-first century education toolbox.

KAICIID online courses build the capacities of global leaders to address a number of today’s most pressing challenges by developing knowledge, networks and skills.

The courses are part of an ongoing collaboration between KAICIID, UNEP, UPEACE, LWC, NMCL and ISCREB.


Participants who successfully complete the course will receive Certificate of Completion.

About our Partners

The University for Peace (UPEACE) was established through an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations through its Resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980. As a result, it possesses a unique global legal authorization to inter alia grant Master's and Doctoral degrees.

The mission of the University is “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress as well as fair education, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”

The headquarters of the University for Peace are located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Hardware and Software Requirements

Modern and updated browsers.

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