LJD Week 2021 | Advancing racial equity to help achieve global development goals



Racism and racial inequalities still permeate the daily life of our societies. Several specialized mechanisms or instruments have been put in place at the international, regional and national levels to combat this global scourge and promote racial equity. These include, for example, the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent established by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the appointment of a Racial Discrimination Commissioner within the Australian Human Rights Commission, man and an anti-racism coordinator for the European Union, or the adoption of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance.

While these mechanisms may have different scopes, they all share a specific focus on racial issues. Why is this degree of specialization necessary? How does the approach vary depending on mandate, forum and direction (e.g. international versus regional or state approaches)? How do these efforts promote development?

Taking stock of their own experiences, panelists will discuss the current challenges the world faces in promoting racial equity and addressing racism and racial inequalities. Panelists will also discuss possible solutions to foster racial equity in the development context, share lessons learned and analyze different approaches to influence legal reforms aimed at tackling racial discrimination.


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