Report on IUPsyS — UN activities

Michel Sabourin
Published Online:
18 Oct 2010
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 36 Issue 1

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One of the most important conferences ever to be organized by the United Nations, the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, will be held in South Africa, from August 31 to September 7, 2001. The UN Commission on Human Rights is acting as the Preparatory Committee for this World Conference. The purpose of the preparatory process is to raise public awareness of racism and racial discrimination globally and to focus on the action needed to fight it. Prior to the Conference, two preparatory meetings are planned. The first was held from 1 to 5 May 2000 in Geneva and the second will be in May/June 2001, also in Geneva. At the first Preparatory Committee meeting, a number of organizational decisions were taken, including adoption of the provisional agenda for the Conference and its draft rules of procedure. A voluntary fund has been established to provide additional resources for the preparatory process and the World Conference itself. In the next paragraphs, information concerning the background of this important conference is provided by the Department of Public Information of the UN to help a better comprehension of the issues. No doubt that the IUPsyS will have to find ways it can become more deeply involved in the process and participate actively in the actual deliberations that will take place in South Africa, next August, with the goal of eventually submitting recommendations.

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