South Africa's youth hold anti-racism summit

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's youth are to hold a two-day meeting beginning Thursday to prepare their agenda for the UN summit on racism scheduled for Durban in August.
More than 80 young people from all over the country have been invited to attend the "National Youth Summit against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance" in Benoni, Johannesburg, on Thursday and Friday.
South African Youth Council spokesperson, Benjamin Mokgothu, said that key speakers at the meeting would be the minister in the Presidency, Essop Pahad and the chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Barney Pityana.
Mokgothu said this week's summit hopes to provide youth formations a platform to make a meaningful input to the UN WCAR and NGO forum (pre-and post conference) to be held from 31 August to 7 September.
He said the summit would "Afford youth leaders an opportunity to engage and discuss the implications of New African Initiative and the establishment of the African Union.
" Prior to this Summit, provincial youth workshops were held throughout the country to identify topics for discussions.
The issues highlighted included racism and poverty/economy, racism and education, racism, gender and ethnicity, racism and the criminal justice system, racism and the media as well as racism and health.

29 july 2001 19:27:00

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