15th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

The Working Group will hold its 15th session from 9 to 20 October 2017, in Geneva, Palais des Nations, room XXI (Opening at 10 am).

Official statements should be provided in electronic format to: jfucio@ohchr.org; cc: mhirano@ohchr.org and mndoye@ohchr.org


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List of experts (Item 5 and 6):

List of experts (Item 7)

Review of progress achieved concerning the implementation of the programme of activities for the International Decade for People of African Descent

Implementing the International Decade for people of African descent through multi-stakeholders cooperation, good practices from:

List of experts (Item 9)

Keynote Speaker:

  • H.E. Mr Foo Kok Jwee (Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations Office and Other international organisations in Geneva)

a) Measures undertaken to promote more inclusive societies

b) Training and awareness raising for law enforcement and the judiciary

List of experts (Item 10)

Monitoring and investigating hate speech and hate crime

  • Mr Justin Hansford (Associate Professor of Law, Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights, and Director of the Howard University Civil and Human Rights Clinic)
  • Mr. Patrick Thornberry (Former Member of CERD, Rapporteur of the General recommendation No. 35: Combating racist hate speech)
  • Ms. Christel Mercadé (Legal/Policy Officer, Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Unit - European Commission
    List of experts
  • Mr Denis Roth-Fichet (Senior Lawyer, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Directorate of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination)
  • Ms. Mireya Del Pino Pacheco (Director of studies and public policies of the National Council to prevent discrimination of Mexico)

Migrants and Refugees: Protection against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Examples of good practices

  • Ms. Kristina Touzenis (International Organization for Migration)
  • Ms. Heaven Crawley (Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations - Coventry University- UK)
  • Mr. Stephen Wainwright (IFRC)

Statements by Experts:


International Decade for People of African Descent

Booklet: United against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
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Contributions to the Secretary General report : A global call for concrete action for the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action