Learning to Live Together

Round Table "Deconstructing racial narratives: challenging assumptions and fostering diversity"


UNESCO will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March) which will include a lecture by Evelyne Heyer, Professor of the National Museum of Natural History of France. This will be followed by a panel discussion on "Deconstructing racial narratives: challenging assumptions and fostering diversity" of international experts, such as Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, expert member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, OHCHR; and Lukwago Erias, mayor of Kampala City (Uganda).

The panel seeks to understand and deconstruct the racial narratives that have proliferated in history, including during the present time. It aims to capture and explain the scientific evidence that could contribute to the dissipation of racism, racialization and discriminations.

The travelling exhibition “Us and Them – From Prejudice to Racism” will also be inaugurated at UNESCO during this event (4.30 pm - Miro Hall). The exhibition was shown at the Musée de l’Homme from March 2017 to January 2018, aims to shed light on racist behavior and prejudices, and served as an opportunity to showcase global efforts for inclusion and diversity, notably through the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR. With UNESCO Headquarters as its first stop, the exhibition is travelling in different ICCAR member cities in 2018-2019.

This exhibition was conceived and produced by the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Musée de l’Homme.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 21.03.2018 15:00 local time
End 21.03.2018 16:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point El-khoury, Golda
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Golda El-Khoury, SHS.inclusion-rights@unesco.org / l.tinio@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Concept note
Link 2 Online registration / RSVP
Link 3 UNESCO and the Fight against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia
Link 4 International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR


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