Durban Review Outcome Document looks to the Future

Durban Review Outcome Document looks to the Future

April 2009 – Government delegates from more than 100 countries and 470 NGO representatives gathered in Geneva to assess progress achieved since the first World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in 2001 in Durban, South Africa. Despite a highly inflammatory speech by the Iranian president that marred the opening and a boycott by a small number of countries, the outcome of the Durban Review provides a basis for multilateral relations and international cooperation for the future.

 

GWI was one of the NGOs participating in the pre-Conference sessions that helped prepare the draft Outcome Document. It emphasizes the need for setting up effective national monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, calls for the sharing of best practices, and highlights the importance of partnerships with human rights institutions and civil groups.

 

In their oral statement to the Conference, GWI‘s representatives Conchita Poncini and Arielle Wagenknecht emphasized the challenges of the intersectionality of gender with race, ethnicity, nationality, cultural and religion and highlighted the importance of education, notably human rights education, in teaching tolerance.

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