14.09.2010 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

Youth in action against racism and discrimination

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UNESCO Headquarters and the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia jointly organized a seminar with the objective of strengthening the capacities of youth to counteract racism and discrimination at the local level. It took place in Barcelona (Spain) from 10 to 13 September 2010, in partnership with UNESCO’s European Coalition of Cities against Racism.

For four days, about 30 young people from 18 to 25 years old met to deepen their knowledge and understanding of issues and challenges relating to the struggle against racism and discrimination, to exchange experiences and to develop ideas on how best to address these phenomena, particularly at the local level.

The seminar included both theoretical and practice-oriented sessions, encouraging reflection and discussion, on the one hand, and action and knowledge-testing, on the other. This mixture of sessions was intended to enable participants to engage efficiently in the struggle against racism and discrimination at a personal level, and more importantly at the local level. While all participants are already active members of youth associations and youth councils in their own cities, they will act as multipliers by sharing the experiences and knowledge acquired at the seminar.

Organized in partnership with UNESCO’s European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), the seminar is also a tangible UNESCO contribution to the stimulation and reinforcement of cooperation between municipal authorities and local youth structures in combating racism and discrimination. 

The seminar was held within the framework of the current UNESCO/FC Barcelona anti-racism campaign, which aims at combating racism and discrimination in and through sport. Considering that young people are crucial actors of change, many of the activities that will be organized throughout the year target young people.

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