Minister gives brief on World Conference against Racism

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The upcoming World Conference against Racism must ensure that meaningful progress is made in the fight against all forms of racism, South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma has said.
"All of our people cherish a hope that this golden opportunity to create a better world for all is not missed", Dlamini-Zuma told the final preparatory committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, late Tuesday.
The World Conference against Racism will be held August in Durban, South Africa.
In a speech, a copy of which was made available to PANA, Dlamini-Zuma said constructive engagement and a desire to make progress should inform all deliberations at the crucial conference.
"We need to ensure that we discharge the mandate entrusted to us by the UN General Assembly in December 1997.
If we fail to meet these expectations, history will judge us harshly," she said.
The Durban conference, she said, should to lay the foundation for a worldwide breakthrough in the fight against racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.
"Though subtle racism is practised everyday, we are also witnessing violent clashes between communities from time to time fuelled by racism.
We must therefore be bold to confront racism head on.
"To pretend that it does not exist is futile.
It will not be enough to deal with each incident of racism but all the policies and laws we pass, must create a society and an environment which makes racism unacceptable.
" Dlamini-Zuma observed that the conference was taking place when racism was clearly on the rise in almost all regions of the world.

30 may 2001 10:03:00

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