Item 9 - General debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow‑up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (28.03.22)

HRC49: Nordic and Baltic countries speak up against racism

UN Human Rights Council - 49th session
Item 9: General Debate 

Statement by Denmark on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden)

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Mr. President, 

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries. 
We remain fully committed to combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. All individuals must be treated with dignity and enjoy equal rights as also stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Racism can take many forms. Ranging from racist hate online to systemic racism and racially motivated violence. We condemn it in all its forms. 

Despite the concerning fact that no society is immune from racism and racial discrimination, we need to also highlight and learn from the many positive initiatives and developments that exists. 

Therefore, going forward, we need to build on the good stories. Build on the collective commitment to fight racism and racial discrimination. And not least build on the many existing structures and mechanisms, including within this Council.

In recent years, the fight against racism and racial discrimination have gained increased momentum globally. It has revitalized engagement at all levels of society. We acknowledge the need for strong Government leadership. But also that inclusion of wide range of stakeholders, including from civil society, is essential to achieve sustainable progress. 

In conclusion, rest assure that we will continue our persistent efforts to combat racism in our own countries as well as promoting the cause internationally. 

Thank you.