Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Debate on the state of racial discrimination worldwide

"Challenges and achievements of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action – 15 years after", Friday, 18 March 2016, 3 - 6 p.m. at the Palais des Nations, Room XX, Geneva

Programme of the plenary debate

Opening statements

  • Chair
    H.E. Mr. Choi Kyonglim, President of the Human Rights Council
  • Ms. Kate Gilmore,
    United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights


  • Mr. Doudou Diène,
    Chair of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and former Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
  • Ms. Margarette May Macaulay, Commissioner, Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • H.E. Mr. Abdul Samad Minty,
    Chair of the  Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards and former Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations at Geneva
  • Ms. Mireille Fanon Mendès-France,
    Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

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