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WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM

During the last fifty years since the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international community has made some important advances in the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. National and international laws have been enacted and numerous international human rights instruments, particularly a treaty to ban racial discrimination, have been adopted. Progress has been made -witness the defeat of apartheid in South Africa. Yet, the dream of a world free of racial hatred and bias remains only half fulfilled.

As technology brings the peoples of the world closer together and political barriers tumble, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance continue to ravage our societies. Horrors such as "ethnic cleansing" have emerged in recent years, while ideas of racial superiority have spread to new media like the Internet. Even globalization carries risks that can lead to exclusion and increased inequality, very often along racial and ethnic lines.

As racial discrimination and ethnic violence grow in complexity, they become more of a challenge for the international community. As a result, new tools to deal with racism are called for. "This World Conference has the potential to be among the most significant gatherings at the start of this century," the Secretary-General of the Conference and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, stated. "It can be more: it can shape and embody the spirit of the new century, based on the shared conviction that we are all members of one human family."

Founder, Tess Cacciatore headed to Durban, South Africa to report on the conference and interface with the youth caucus. There she found and named Miss Melody Botya (from the cape of South Africa) a Youth Ambassador for Social Change.

After heading out from the conference, Tess was in flight when the tragic events took place on 9/11. She was returned to London where she stayed for 6 days until the airspace was reopened. There she met with the international community, as the entire world tried to make sense of the events that took place and tried to put the pieces together again. "It has been a slow build for us all, however, this event has given more credence to the fact that we are in desperate need to teach our children tolerance for all nations and to instill peaceful ways of resolution, so that we can ensure them that the world will be a safe place for them in the future."

(http://www.un.org/WCAR/e-kit/backgrounder1.htm) link for further information on the summit and updated information on what has gone on since the conference.

LEADING UP TO THE WORLD CONFERENECE AGAINST RACISM was a conference building up the northern American alliances for indigenous peoples, to come together on issues that faced them all. Through the use of technology and internet satellite feeds, Tess Cacciatore was able to bring a team of industry professionals together to create a place on the internet for live video streaming. It was the first time that many of them came together for the same cause and built an alliance that made their allegiance strong when they entered into South Africa for the WCAR.

Linking the United Nations Commission of Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland) to the Indigenous Peoples Summit of the Americas (Ottawa, Canada) Global Nomads Group and World Trust Foundation bridged the gap and helped these world leaders come together for peace and conflict resolutions.

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