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"Symposium: After Durban"

A selection of commentaries on the August-September 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa.January/February 2002 issue of Poverty & Race

The August-September 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, in Durban, South Africa, was an event of epic proportions, despite the Bush Administration's disgraceful decision first to send a low-level delegation, then to walk out. Follow-up work by NGOs in the US (and elsewhere) was of course deeply impacted by the events of September 11 and their aftermath. We asked a number of people who attended - some PRRAC Board members (past as well as present) and other friends of PRRAC - to offer their reflections on the meaning of these events for race issues and workin the US. We welcome further observations by other readers who attended the Conference, as well as readers' commentaries on the 12 essays offered here; we'll consider all for publication in our next issue.

The UN has prepared a Sept. 19, 2001 document -"Declaration, Adopted on 8 September 2001 in Durban, South Africa," accompanied by this note: "This text has been put together by the secretariet on the basis of its notes. It is now being submitted to the principal officers of the Conference for their review and will subsequently go through the process of formal editing." -CH


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