Inclusive and anti-discriminatory public policies

Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia

Discrimination, racism and xenophobia are serious violations of human rights that impede peacebuilding, social inclusion and sustainable development.

The Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia, created in 2006, is a UNESCO-sponsored initiative aimed at improving local policies to combat exclusion.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Coalition has more than 90 cities, seeking to exchange experiences, facilitate initiatives and strengthen policies that promote inclusion and fight against all manifestations of discrimination.

Objectives of the Coalition in Latin America and the Caribbean:

  • Promote and strengthen inclusive local policies to combat racism, discrimination and xenophobia.
  • Make visible and coordinate joint actions against discrimination, racism and xenophobia, such as forms of social exclusion and human rights violations.
  • Exchange experiences and good practices between local governments that promote social inclusion and combat racism, discrimination and xenophobia.

It has an Action Plan that outlines a minimum of commitments made by municipalities to implement concrete actions that can be incorporated into their local policies.

The role of the Coalition is now even more relevant with the Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs, which promise "no one will be left behind".

In particular, achieving Goal 11: Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and Goal 16: Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, facilitating access to justice for all and building effective and inclusive accountable institutions at all levels.

The Coalition is open to all cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, without exception of their population, size, geographical location, or political, economic or social status.

The city of the region interested in joining can fill out this form and send it to UNESCO.

Montevideo currently holds the presidency of the Latin American and Caribbean Coalition.

This regional Coalition is part of the International Coalition of Cities against Racism.

  • For more information on the Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia, please contact Andrés Morales, Social and Human Sciences specialist at UNESCO's Montevideo office a.morales(at)unesco.org

 

 

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