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Background information

The international coalition of cities against racism was launched by UNESCO in March 2004 to establish a network of cities interested in sharing experiences to improve policies to fight racism. For national and international declarations such as those promoting human rights and to address concrete problems within the communities, it is essential to involve local authorities.

The coalition aims to combat racism and discrimination on several fronts including:

  • assessing the local situation;
  • raising awareness and educating citizens about mutual tolerance;
  • empowering victims; 
  • arbitration and reconciliation, and
  • prosecuting racists acts.

To address specific priorities in different parts of the world, regional coalitions have been created with individual action plans. The regional coalitions are:

  • Africa
  • North America
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Arab States
  • Asia-Pacific, and
  • Europe.

Cities interested in joining the coalition and sharing good practices should contact Dr. Sarinya Sophia, Email s.sophia[at]

This page was updated 19 September 2012.