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Contribution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization : Durban Review Conference, Preparatory Committee, 3rd substantive session

UNESCO   •   2009

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This document emphasizes the commitment of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to the fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and intolerance. It highlights UNESCO's historical role, dating back to its creation in 1945, in promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, and culture to foster universal respect for justice and human rights. The document discusses UNESCO's efforts to refute the concept of "race" and its role in drafting international instruments, with a focus on the 1978 Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice. Additionally, it outlines UNESCO's operational programs, including the Special Programme against Apartheid and the "Slave Route project." The document details the significance of the 2001 Durban World Conference against Racism and the subsequent Durban Review Conference in 2009. It also provides recommendations from the Durban Programme of Action, specifically addressing UNESCO's mandate in education, awareness-raising, information, communication, and research. UNESCO's continuous commitment to combating racism and discrimination is underscored, including the adoption of an Integrated Strategy to Combat Racism in 2003. The document concludes by highlighting UNESCO's achievements in the fight against racism over the last seven years and its ongoing efforts to promote human rights, diversity, and a culture of peace. It invites States, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to expand on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's Slave Route Project, specifically urging the development of texts, testimonies, multimedia centers, and programs to document and disseminate existing data on the history of slavery and trans-Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean slave trades, with a focus on the perspectives and actions of the victims in their pursuit of freedom and justice. Also it states the UNESCO concentrates on defining principles for textbook revision in this light


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