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The Continued Relevance of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action on Racism - An Alumni Event
A GCSP Alumni West Africa Hub Event
Despite some advances as a result of decades of struggle, racism and racial/ethnic discrimination still persist in the world. Such discrimination disadvantages and marginalises people in all regions of the world. Among other things, it manifests itself in disproportionate poverty rates and limited access to power, justice and education, physical and mental wellbeing, lack of social security, lack of access to basic needs and political participation, and vulnerability to racial/ethnic profiling and police violence.
The Sustainable Development Agenda promises that “no one will be left behind,” but those affected by racism, racial and ethnic discrimination are being left behind.
The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action adopted 22 years ago, provides a blueprint for addressing racism and ethnicism, but is increasingly being ignored for political reasons. What has been achieved, what needs to be done?
Ambassador Yvette Stevens will highlight its importance in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ambassador Yvette Stevens, former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United Nations Office at Geneva and GCSP Executive-in-Residence