Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

The Declaration

The Declaration canvassed relevant United Nations decisions and trends at the time, and noted that despite decades of effort the scourge of racism continued to influence events in many parts of the world. It addressed:
  • the sources, causes, forms and contemporary manifestations of racism;
  • the victims of racism;
  • measures of prevention, education and protection aimed at the eradication of racism;
  • the provision of effective remedies, recourse, redress, and compensatory and other measures at the national, regional and international levels; and
  • strategies to achieve full and effective equality, including international cooperation and the enhancement of the United Nations and other international mechanisms in combating racism

The Declaration recognised the urgent need to translate the stated objectives into a practical and workable programme of action.

The Programme of Action

The Programme of Action follows the headings of the Declaration. It contains a total of 219 recommendations, directed at states, non-government organisations, the private sector and international organisations. .


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