Tumaco (Colombia)

A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

Within the framework of the Coalition’s Ten Point Plan of Action, the City of Tumaco has organised the Second Latin American and Caribbean Forum of Municipalities for Racial Equality and Equal Opportunities, from 12 to 15 May 2010.

The City welcomed numerous mayors from Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, representatives of Uruguay (Montevideo) and the Advisor from the Coalition of Cities against Racism. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the network of mayors and to promote and implement policies of racial equality. The topics of discussion during the forum were ethnic education, entrepreneurship and the creation of a tourist network. All participants from different municipalities committed to host tourist events and fairs to promote racial equality.

Mayors from different countries and regions shared new ideas and fresh perspectives on the fight against discrimination. Broader in content than the first meeting, the second meeting not only affirmed the municipalities’ commitment to meet on an annual basis, it also reached a much larger audience. The Forum was broadcast live on a local television channel and via the website ‘Legado Afro’ and the discussions were followed as a consequence in the whole region.

City Information
The City of Tumaco is a port city and municipality in the Nariño Department (Colombia), by the Pacific Ocean. It is located on the south-west of Colombia. Tumaco is inhabited mainly by Afro-Colombians and some indigenous people.

Tumaco is a member of the Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia.

For more information, please visit: http://tumaco-narino.blogspot.com/ (website in Spanish)

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