Countdown to international conference against racism

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The African delegation to the International Conference on Racism in August will highlight issues of poverty, racism and gender.
This is according to the South African National Non- Governmental Coalition (Sangoco) which brought together representatives of major sporting bodies, churches, women, labour, youth and other civic organisations at a Preparatory Summit in Johannesburg on Monday.
That summit took place as civil society around the world prepares to converge on Durban in August for the World Conference Against Racism's Non Government Organisation Forum.
Abie Ditlhake, director of Sangoco said that by developing a shared approach to the Racism Conference, civil society leaders will be taking another important step toward engaging ordinary South Africans in all provinces in confronting racism.
Sangoco, as host of the World Conference Against Racism's NGO Frum, has already begun the international process which is well under way, co-ordinating the estimated 10,000 delegates from around the world who will be attending the event.
Sangoco said it hopes to rise to the challenge laid down by Millennium Statement on Racism, which was adopted in Johannesburg last year.
"The task of eliminating racism is a national responsibility which must engage all sectors of society in a common effort and national resolve to combat racism and build a society that affirms and respects the dignity of all South Africans regardless of their colour, culture, religion, language, ethnicity or social origin," Ditlhake said.
After the conference in August, Sangoco plans to find ways to ensure that commitments by government, the international community and civil society organisations were enforceable.
South Africa has been praised for its decision to host the conference as a further inspiring sign that the country is turning its painful past into a concrete contribution for tolerance and understanding within and among nations.

24 april 2001 22:12:00

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