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Consultation with civil society, 23 November 2016


23 November 2016



The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) marked its 50th anniversary in 2015, hosting an event that brought together States, UN bodies and stakeholders to share their reflections on how the Convention has helped make a difference in combatting racial discrimination.

While significant progress has been made, the Committee recognizes that much remains to be done. Racial discrimination in all its forms – including hate speech, hate crimes and racist attitudes towards migrants and minorities – is on the rise worldwide.

To this end, a consultation day was held on 23 November 2016 to explore new and innovative ways for the CERD to work with civil society organizations to increase the implementation of the Convention. The event explored the key challenges of racial discrimination today and responses by civil society to combat these, civil society representatives’ engagement with CERD to date and suggestions of how to enhance the work of the Committee on racial discrimination in order to strengthen the impact of its recommendations on the ground.

Prior to the consultation, civil society organizations were invited to submit written responses.

Inputs received