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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21

In 2001, the United Nations declared March 21st to be the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The Durban Declaration and Programme of  ActionPDF document adopted at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance on 8 September 2001, underlines the key role that political leaders and political parties can and ought to play in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

At the World Conference and subsequent Review Conference, States also recognized that promoting greater respect and trust among different groups within society must be a shared but differentiated responsibility of government institutions, political leaders, grassroots organizations and citizens.

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