Sweden to host the 2010 General Conference of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism
After Nuremberg, Bologna and Toulouse, UNESCO’s European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR) will hold its fourth General Conference in the Swedish city of Uppsala from 18 to 19 November 2010. Under the slogan “Cities Promoting Equality and Solidarity”, it will focus on the question of how local authorities can counteract racism and discrimination, on the basis of ECCAR’s Ten-Point-Plan of Action, and how can they promote the development of an inclusive urban society based on equality and solidarity.
The Conference will offer a unique forum for exchanging good practices in the struggle against racism and discrimination at the local level, and for assisting municipalities and stakeholders at the local level to identify relevant strategies.
Five working groups will provide an opportunity for dialogue and the formulation of action-oriented recommendations. The themes chosen are based on the Coalition’s Ten-Point Plan of Action and relate, among others, to the creation of local partnerships and the development of local action plans.
In addition, a round table discussion on the issue of “Challenging the Rise of Populist Racism in Europe” will concentrate on the alarming situation in many European countries and attempt to identify possible solutions to counteract this troubling development.
Finally, ECCAR’s current research project concerning the development of indicators to inform and evaluate municipal anti-discrimination policies will be presented.
Participants from over 100 ECCAR member cities are expected to attend this important gathering, along with representatives from UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, NGOs and civil society organizations, as well as researchers and academics.