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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March

"I call on all people, especially political, civic and religious leaders, to strongly condemn messages and ideas based on racism, racial superiority or hatred as well as those that incite racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

funeral mourners in South Africa

Mourners at a funeral ceremony in Cape Province for those who were killed by the South African police at Langa Township in Uitenhage (1985). UN Photo

2015 Theme: "Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today"

The Durban Declaration and Programme of
PDF document adopted at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance on 8 September 2001, underlines the key role that political leaders and political parties can and ought to play in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

At the World Conference and subsequent Review Conference, States also recognized that promoting greater respect and trust among different groups within society must be a shared but differentiated responsibility of government institutions, political leaders, grassroots organizations and citizens.

A panel discussion on the topic will be held at the UN in Geneva on Friday, 20 March 2015. To register please contact registry@ohchr.org

At UN Headquarters in New York, the General Assembly will hold a Special Meeting in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, on Friday, 20 March 2015, as mandated by GA resolution 69/162.


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