15.05.2012 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Cities share good practices against racism and discrimination

© UN Photo/Kibae Park

In July, UNESCO will publish its report “Fighting racism and discrimination: Identifying and sharing good practices in the International Coalition of Cities”. This report is the culmination of the work of the International Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination (ICCAR), established by UNESCO in 2004, a network of cities interested in sharing experiences in order to improve their policies to fight racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion. The report showcases results of years of UNESCO’s involvement and work with the cities of the Coalition. The forthcoming publication will feature more than 50 good practices that more than 38 members of the Coalition have adopted to prevent and combat racism and discrimination.

The aim of the report is to draw together a collection of good practices in anti-discrimination so that they can inspire and inform the policies and practices of other cities. The report also uses major themes related to the different roles and domains of cities to inform and indeed, encourage critical reflection on anti-discrimination work in these areas.

On this basis, UNESCO hopes that the publication is only a first step in the creation and preservation of channels of communication between cities around the world. By showcasing successful examples of innovative municipal practices and activities and reflecting on the reasons why each practice works, the report shows the applicability of these initiatives and the potential for their transferability to another jurisdiction.

The report reflects the information shared by Member cities and identifies promising practices and highlights areas where additional work can be undertaken. Its content showcases the success of UNESCO’s involvement with the Coalition and demonstrates how effective its work can be in practice, on the ground. Even more, as current member cities become increasingly active and new ones join the Coalition, the collection of good practices will undoubtedly expand and with this UNESCO’s contribution in the global fight against discrimination. The publication of this report therefore demonstrates what UNESCO and cities can do together (and have done) to effectively fight discrimination and racism.

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