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Call for input for the preparation of the report of the UN Secretary-General pursuant to the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/78/234 “A global call for concrete action for the 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”

Issued by

OHCHR

Deadline

30 June 2024

Purpose: To inform the preparation of the 2024 report of the UN Secretary-General on the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/78/234 entitled “A global call for concrete action for the 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”, to be presented to the seventy-ninth session of the UN General Assembly.
Background

The UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/78/234 entitled “A global call for concrete action for the 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”, which in operative paragraph 53 requests the UN Secretary-General to submit to the UN General Assembly at its seventy-ninth session a report on the implementation of the resolution.

Objectives

This call for input seeks to inform the preparation of the 2024 UN Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/78/234 that will be presented to the seventy-ninth session of the UN General Assembly.

Key questions and types of input/comments sought

In order to assist the preparation of the report OHCHR would welcome information concerning the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution 78/234 including in relation to inter alia the following issues as detailed in the resolution, and covering preferably the period from June 2023 to June 2024:

  • Hate speech, incitement to racial discrimination, hostility and violence (preambular paragraph 6).
  • Extent and impact of systemic racism and effective legal, policy and institutional measures that address racism beyond a summation of individualized acts (paragraph 26).
  • Participatory and inclusive design and implementation processes that contribute to halting, reversing and repairing the lasting consequences and ongoing manifestations of systemic racism; and the role of people and communities of African descent and young people in these processes (paragraph 25).
  • Reparatory justice initiatives regarding slavery, the slave trade, the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, apartheid, genocide and past tragedies contributing to the development and recognition of the dignity of the affected States and their people (paragraph 22).
  • Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers (paragraph 30).
  • Racial discrimination and inequality experienced by children and youth of African descent in all areas of life, including the administration of justice, law enforcement, education, health, family life and development (paragraph 26).
  • Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance targeting migrants and refugees (preambular paragraphs 9 and 10).

The OHCHR would also welcome information concerning laws, regulations, policies and practices adopted to eliminate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance including national action plans against racism, data collection, education and awareness-raising; measures to provide effective remedies, recourse, and redress; promising practices, initiatives, challenges and lessons learned, notably in relation to the areas specified above; as well as the perspectives of women, youth, children and relevant gender dimensions and intersectional analyses.

The call for input is available in English | Français | Español

How inputs will be used:

Unless otherwise specified, all contributions will be made available in full and as received on the public OHCHR website. Kindly indicate if a submission contains names, images or other information that should not be posted on the public OHCHR website. It should be noted that not all information shared will necessarily be reflected in the final report and that information falling outside the resolution will not be considered. 

Next Steps

Responses should be submitted no later than 30 June 2024

Email address:
[email protected]

Email subject line:
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/78/234 “A global call for concrete action for the 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”

Word limit:
Given the word limitation to the length of the report please send concise inputs, include hyperlinks to relevant documents providing more detailed information and/or attach the supporting documents. Responses should not exceed three pages.

File formats:
Preferably in Word format

Accepted languages:
English, French, Spanish

Postal address:
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

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