27 September 2018, GENEVA – The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue has co-signed a statement with The Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations (ISMUN) appealing to member States of the United Nations to review the implementation on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and to give guidance for new initiatives and strengthened actions through the adoption of an annual resolution.

The statement was delivered by Mr. Jan Lonn, the Secretary-General of ISMUN, during the general debate under agenda item 9 that was held on 25 September at the 39th regular session of the Human Rights Council.

The co-signatories of the statement appealed to member States of the UN to “reject and defeat the racist poison” that prevails in many countries of the world. They likewise called upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a high level review of the state of the work against racism and to “intensify the battle against racism globally.”

The Durban Declaration and Program of Action was adopted by consensus in 2001 during the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban, South Africa. It constitutes a comprehensive, action-oriented document that proposes concrete measures strengthen efforts to combat racism around the world.

The Geneva Centre will continue to pursue advocacy activities to raise awareness about the value-added of the Durban Declaration on contemporary issues regarding the rise of racism, racial discrimination, religious prejudice and intolerance.

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