The Durban Review
Conference being held in Geneva,
today adopted the outcome document by consensus and by acclamation. It
was exactly the same text as had been adopted on Friday, 17 April by the
Preparatory Committee of the Conference.
The text is available on the conference website at www.un.org/durbanreview2009.
Also today, and shortly after the outcome document was adopted, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, at apress briefing, made the following remarks regarding the value of this document in the fight against racism and related discrimination:
Since the landmark anti-racism document the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted in 2001, several major challenges have impeded the full realization of the programme of action laid out in it.
I went into this in some detail in a report I submitted to the conference process in March. I am glad to say that some of the proposals in that report are reflected in the final outcome document.
Some of those challenges include increased and complex migration movements, poverty, and terrorism – as well as some of the measures used to counter terrorism.
Some of the most valuable additional elements contained in this outcome document are that.
Durban is a process and not an event, or an
end in itself. Following
the successful adoption of the Durban
Review outcome, the international community is called upon to continue the
fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related
I hope that those who decided to stay away from this Conference will join the international community again soon in the fight against these scourges.
A full summary of the press briefing.