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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


2014 Theme: "The Role of Leaders in Combatting Racism and Racial Discrimination"


21 March 2014


“Our societies need and deserve leaders who aspire to the greater good. Statesmen and women who stand up for the rights of all, who take a strong and principled stand against racism, and who make real commitments to take action”

UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay

Each year on 21 March, the world commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a time to reflect on the progress made and the challenges that remain in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance around the world.

This year's theme was chosen by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to highlight key role that leaders play in mobilising political will to combat racism and racial discrimination.

The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action 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.

Event
21 March 2014 – A panel discussion on the topic will be held at the UN in Geneva on Friday, 21 March 2014. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will open the panel.

Statements
Read the statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights International Day on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Social media
Use social media to speak up against racial discrimination! Join the conversation using #FightRacism and share your views and experiences with others.

Stories
Combatting discrimination is a priority of the United Nations Human Rights Office: read our recent feature stories about this issue and the anti discrimination programmes of the Office.

Related links
Find much more, and very detailed information, on discrimination via these links on the website of the UN Human Rights Office.

 

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