International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This year’s theme, The Role of Leaders in Combating Racism and Racial Discrimination, was chosen to highlight key role that leaders play in mobilising political will to combat racism and racial discrimination. 

The Durban Declaration and Programme of ActionPDF document adopted at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance on 8 September 2001, underlines the key role that political leaders and political parties can and ought to play in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

At the World Conference and subsequent Review Conference, States also recognized that promoting greater respect and trust among different groups within society must be a shared but differentiated responsibility of government institutions, political leaders, grassroots organizations and citizens.

This year’s theme was chosen by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to highlight key role that leaders play in mobilising political will to combat racism and racial discrimination.