Fighting Racism and Discrimination: History, Memory and Contemporary Challenges

When, local time: 
Thursday, 19 March 2015 -
9:30am to 7:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
SHS.publicpolicies@unesco.org

As part of the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UNESCO will organize a series of roundtable events, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 19 March 2015.

Drawing together international experts, policy-makers, municipal authorities, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, the events will include a roundtable and workshops. An exhibition of multimedia materials showcasing initiatives in combatting racism and discrimination will also be displayed. It is hoped that these exchanges will help us collectively shape strategies and practical responses in combating racism and discrimination.

Within the framework of UNESCO’s Management for Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, a roundtable aims to dig deeper into the multiple dimensions of racism and discrimination in our societies. The discussions seek to generate debate on the various historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts surrounding the existence of racist and discriminatory practices around the world today.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, celebrated annually on 21 March, provides an opportunity for the international community to reaffirm its commitment to the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance. As societies around the world today undergo rapid transformations, we are witnessing new forms of discrimination against individuals and peoples, resulting in exploitation, exclusion and hatred.