Second World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (37th sess. : 1982-1983)
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  • Date:
    3 December 1982
  The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 3057 (XXVIII) of 2 November 1973, by which itproclaimed the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, Mindful of the Declaration and the Programme of Action adopted by theWorld Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, Recalling paragraph 26 of the programme of activities to be undertakenduring the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and RacialDiscrimination, contained in the annex to its resolution 34/24 ofl5 November 1979, in which the Assembly decided that an important feature ofthe second half of the Decade should be the holding of a Second WorldConference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, Bearing in mind its resolution 35/33 of 14 November 1980, in which itdecided to hold in 1983, as an important event of the Decade, a Second WorldConference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, which, while reviewingand assessing the activities undertaken during the Decade, should have as itsmain purpose the formulation of ways and means and of specific measures aimedat ensuring the full and universal implementation of United Nationsresolutions and decisions on racism, racial discrimination and apartheid, Bearing in mind also the provisions of its resolution 36/8 of28 October 1981 regarding the preparations for the Conference, Taking note of Economic and Social Council resolution 1982/32 of5 May 1982, which contains recommendations regarding the organization of theConference, l. Endorses Economic and Social Council resolution 1982/32;

2. Expresses its appreciation to the Government of the Philippines forits offer to act as host to the Second World Conference to Combat Racism andRacial Discrimination;

3. Decides to convene the Conference at Geneva from 1 to 12 August 1983;

4. Recommends the draft provisional agenda for the Conference containedin the annex to the present resolution;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to invite:

(a) All States to participate in the Conference;

(b) The United Nations Council for Namibia to participate in theConference, in accordance with paragraph 3 of General Assembly resolution32/9 E of 4 November 1977;

6. Further requests the Secretary-General to invite:

(a) Representatives of national liberation movements recognized in itsregion by the Organization of African Unity to participate in the Conferencein the capacity of observer, in accordance with General Assembly resolution3280 (XXIX) of 10 December 1974;

(b) Representatives of organizations that have received a standinginvitation from the General Assembly to participate in the sessions and thework of all international conferences convened under its auspices in thecapacity of observer to participate in the Conference in that capacity inaccordance with General Assembly resolutions 3237 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974and 31/152 of 20 December 1976;

(c) The specialized agencies concerned, as well as interested organs andbodies of the United Nations, to be represented at the Conference;

(d) Interested intergovernmental organizations to be represented byobservers at the Conference;

(e) The Special Committee against Apartheid to be represented byobservers at the Conference;

(f) The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to theImplementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to ColonialCountries and Peoples to be represented by observers at the Conference;

(g) The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to berepresented by observers at the Conference;

(h) The Commission on Human Rights to be represented by observers at theConference;

(i) The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of thePalestinian People and the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli PracticesAffecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories to berepresented by observers at the Conference;

(j) Other interested committees of the United Nations to be representedby observers at the Conference;

(k) Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with theEconomic and Social Council which have contributed to the achievement of thegoals and objectives of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and RacialDiscrimintion and to the implementation of the Programme of Action adopted bythe first World Conference, taking into account also their record in the fieldof struggle against racism and racial discrimination, to be represented byobservers at the Conference;

7. Requests the Secretary-General, as part of the preparatory process,to take adequate steps to ensure that maximum publicity shall be given to theConference and, to that end, to allocate the necessary resources from theregular budget;

8. Calls upon all States to contribute to the success of the Decade forAction to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, in particular by theiractive participation in the Conference;

9. Urges all States to co-operate with the Secretary-General of theConference in the preparatory work and to consider the setting up of nationalcommittees for publicizing the aims and, eventually, the main results of theConference;

10. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly atits thirty-eighth session on the work of the Conference;

11. Decides to consider at its thirty-eighth session, as a matter ofhigh priority, the item entitled "Second World Conference to Combat Racism andRacial Discrimination".

ANNEX Draft provisional agenda for the Second World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination

1. Opening of the Conference.

2. Election of the President.

3. Opening addresses.

4. Adoption of the rules of procedure.

5. Election of other officers.

6. Credentials of representatives to the Conference:

(a) Appointment of the Credentials Committee;

(b) Report of the Credentials Committee.

7. Adoption of the agenda.

8. Organization of work.

9. Political, historical, economic, social and cultural factors leading to racism, racial discrimination and segregation and apartheid.

10. Review and evaluation of activities undertaken to achieve the goals and objectives of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination at the national, regional and international levels and in implementation of the Programme of Action adopted at the first World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. 11. Main obstacles to the full eradication of racism, racial discrimination and apartheid. 12. Determination of further action-oriented national, regional and international measures to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination and apartheid:

(a) Adoption of legislative, judicial, administrative and other measures at the national level to improve relations among racial groups and to prohibit racial discrimination, including dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority or hatred, and all racist organizations such as Nazi and neo-Nazi organizations;

(b) Action in the field of education, culture, research and information and the role of the mass media in the struggle against racism, racial discrimination and apartheid with the aim of combating prejudices which lead to racial discrimination and of promoting understanding, tolerance and friendship among nations and racial or ethnic groups;

(c) Measures aimed at ensuring the full and universal implementation of United Nations resolutions and decisions on racism, racial discrimination and apartheid;

(d) Universal ratificaion of, or accession to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and other existing international instruments adopted under the aegis of the United Nations and the specialized agencies aimed at combating racism, racial discrimination and apartheid;

(e) Drawing up of new international measures to combat racism and racial discrimination;

(f) Continued support and assistance to peoples and movements struggling against racism, racial discrimination and apartheid; and ways and means of denying support to racist regimes and of ensuring their isolation.

13. Adoption of the report and final documents of the Conference.
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