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Press Release – 07.08.2000

European Conference against racism

STRASBOURG, 07.08.2000 – A Conference entitled “All different all equal: from principle to practice - European contribution to the World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” will be held on 11-13 October 2000 in Strasbourg. This Conference forms Europe’s preparation, co-ordinated by the Council of Europe, for the World Conference against racism that the United Nations General Assembly has decided to hold in South Africa in 2001.

The European Conference will address issues relating to: legal protection against racism; policies and practices to combat racism; education and awareness-raising to combat racism, related discrimination and extremism; information, communication and the media. It will be immediately preceded by a Forum for Non-Governmental Organisations.

Council of Europe, European Union and United Nations bodies will all be actively participating in the Conference, as well as national institutions, non-governmental organisations and media professionals. A Political Declaration by Ministers of the Council of Europe’s member States together with General Conclusions adopted by the Conference’s participants will be forwarded to the Preparatory Committee of the World Conference.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, President of the European Parliament Nicole Fontaine, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria Benita Ferrero-Waldner, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature GŁnter Grass, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Lord Russell-Johnston and the Organisation’s Secretary General Walter Schwimmer are among the speakers who will address the 500 participants at the Conference.