The UNESCO webinar series “Regional Expert Consultations against Racism and Discrminations” seeks to deconstruct racism, and to unpack societal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic related to racism and discriminations. On 6 October, the European version of the Regional Expert Consultation took place online featuring European actors from policy-making, administration, academia, and civil society.
Mayor of Graz, Siegfried Nagl, shared experiences from Europe’s oldest Human Rights City during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the importance of cities, city networks, and international organizations like UNESCO in the global fight against racism and discriminations.
UNESCO’s regionally-specific online consultations seek to contribute to the global rethinking in the lead-up to the 20th anniversary in 2021 of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, as well as to the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). They will result in a set of recommendations that will guide UNESCO’s future work on the topic.