Past Events

Geneva, Switzerland

Undeniable progress has been made since the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination came into force in 1969. However, racism and its destructive effects persist and have lately been reinforced in a variety of situations in the global context.

While the legacies of slavery continue to be visible in the ongoing discrimination against people of African descent, structural discrimination also continues to blight the lives of minorities and Indigenous Peoples globally. Hate speech continues unabated, including at the highest levels of government, and racist hate crimes, including violence, tear apart lives of minorities, migrants and people on the move today. Most alarming of all is the climbing death toll of people who are killed on the basis of their ethnicity, identity and colour.

In light of the use and abuse of identity for the purposes of exclusion on the grounds of race colour descent national or ethnic origin, as outlined in Article 1 of the ICERD, the Committee decided to hold a thematic discussion that will focus on racial profiling, ethnic cleansing, as well as other associated issues as they affect the experiences of racial discrimination by citizens, non-citizens and people on the move. 

The discussion builds on productive consultations held by the Committee over the past year with States and with civil society, and reflects concerns raised in its concluding observations, general recommendations, statements, and procedures. It seeks to delve deeper into a few of the pressing global challenges of racial discrimination, learning from the concerns and experiences of stakeholders in order to improve the impact of the Committee’s work to fight racial discrimination particularly with regard to racial profiling and ethnic cleansing. 

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Milan, Italy

Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

By the Global Parliamentarians for Global Action, the Stanley Foundation, and the Montreal Insitute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies 

27-28 Novermber 2017 

The Milan Forum is a global initiative to counter violent extremism by working with lawmakers from all regions of the world and to create global democratic consensus in preventing violent extremism and mass atrocities.

The goal of the initiative is to mobilize legislators to adopt effective policies to defeat the ideology of violent extremists through strategies that can bring about their isolation while promoting human rights, inclusion, democracy and good governance, the Rule of Law, gender equality and healthy civil societies.

The Forum will be characterized by the congregation of 100-200 parliamentarians in representation of the Global Parliamentarians for Global Action network from 142 countries in Milan, Italy, on November 27-28, 2017. It will feature discussions that will focus on different subject areas, including justice, gender-equality, civil society and the rehabilitation of children.


Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

By the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

16 November 2017

Join Phil Gurski, former CSIS strategic analyst, will discusse this theme and his latest book, The Lesser Jihads: Bringing Islamist extremism to the world.

Registration is mandatory for this event - please register online in advance. 

Accra, Ghana

Organized By : Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

This course aims at training African policymakers, government officials, military, policy and civil society personnel about R2P and its implementation. It is run by the Kofi Annan International Training Centre for Peacekeeping in Accra, Ghana. The deadline for applications was on 30 September. 

Da Nang, Vietnam

11-13 November 2017

The 8th Conference by the Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF), “The Future of Mediation in the Asia Pacific Region” will be held in Da Nang, Vietnam from November 11 to 13, 2017.

Topics covered will include:

  • Innovative approaches to Mediation and Peace Building in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Community Mediation
  • Court-annexed Mediation
  • Cross-cultural and Inter-cultural Mediation
  • Environmental Mediation
  • Family Mediation across the Life Cycle (disputes involving separation, divorce, children, older people, people with disability, cultural differences)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Mediation and Human Rights
  • Mediation Education, Training, Standards and Accreditation
  • Mediation for Labour, Industry and Commercial Disputes
  • Mediation for Land Disputes
  • Online Dispute Resolution and E-Commerce

The Conference website will be available soon. Meanwhile, please consult the APMF website – – and email an "Expression of Interest" in participating, presenting a paper, poster or half-day workshop to and

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