International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21 March 2015

21 March 2015

 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21 March 2015

"The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity to renew our commitment to building a world of justice and equality where xenophobia and bigotry do not exist. We must learn the lessons of history and acknowledge the profound damage caused by racial discrimination."

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

 

2015 Theme: "Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today"

 

We fight racism everywhere, every day – throughout the year.

But 21 March is a special day, proclaimed by the General Assembly in October 1966 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

This Year 2015, and as requested by the General Assembly, Presidents of the General Assembly and of the Human Rights Council will convene meetings both in New York and Geneva during the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination through a debate on the state of racial discrimination worldwide.

This year's theme “Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today” aims to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and will stress the essential need to learn the lessons history has provided in order to combat racism and racial discrimination today.

 

Resources

Australia:

Racism No Way

United Nations:

Let’s Fight Racism Education Resource

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21 March