Dateline Durban: UN World Conference Against Racism

August 2001

Members of the United Nations and a host of non-governmental organizations will gather in Durban, South Africa, August 31 through September 7, for the third international conference on racism, which will set out to examine effective mechanisms to combat racial discrimination and promote understanding and awareness of a global problem.

Despite the laudable goals of the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism, the process is being hijacked by some to promote hateful anti-Jewish canards such as "Zionism is racism" and those who would use the conference as a platform for delegitimizing Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League, a world leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and racism, is urging participants to reject those efforts. ADL is urging nations and non-governmental organizations to:

  • Reject the misuse of the U.N. Conference to advance anti-Jewish hate and misunderstanding
  • Oppose assaults on Israel’s legitimacy
  • Unite against genocide without trivializing the Holocaust
  • Fight to preserve the integrity and mission of the U.N. Conference
  • Let Israelis and Palestinians negotiate between themselves

This online report will be regularly updated to include ADL’s latest statements and news bulletins from ADL’s delegation to the U.N. Conference.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.