Principalty of Monaco
H.E. Mrs. Isabelle Picco
Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco
22 September 2011
ISABELLE PICCO (Monaco), speaking on behalf of the Group of Western European and Other States, recognized that racism and related intolerance undermined the principles of the United Nations Charter, emphasizing that all people were born free and equal and deserved to live lives free of discrimination. The fight against racism was a fight for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
She emphasized that while some members of the Group were not participating in today’s Meeting — mostly those not participating in the Durban process — they were all nevertheless committed to combating racism and racial discrimination in all its forms. The Group reaffirmed the importance of promoting education and awareness, especially regarding tolerance and dialogue, and all its members reaffirmed their support for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism and Racial Discrimination, the foundation of all national and international actions towards that end.