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                            Addressby
                       Ms. Nlavanethem Pillay
              UI\{High Commissioner Human Rights
                                    for



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                          6 April 2009
                            Geneva
Mr. Chairperson,
Excellencies,
LadiesandGentlemen,


                                                  you
     I wish to thankyou for the opportunity address at this
                                           to
crucialjuncturein the preparations the DurbanReview
                                 for
         which will besin in two weeks.
Conference


     Since the organtzationalmeeting of the Preparatory
Committee August2007,progress beenremarkable.This
        in                  has
was due,in no small part,to the Chairperson         no
                                          who spared effort
                         together. havewelcomedthe draft
to bring all Member States       I
              that the Chairperson presented you
outcomedocument                  has       to
        I
recently. havealsoexpressed hopethatthis new document
                          the
                a
would constitute major turningpoint, andindeeda breakthrough,
in the preparations the Conference. this regard,I am
                  for             In
heartened the positionsthat manyambassadors
        by                                       to
                                         conveyed me
                           public statements the part of
andby the equallyencouraging               on
manygroupsandindividualdeïegations.


                                   gratitude all thosewho
     I would like to express sincere
                           my              to
haveshownflexibilit;zin the draftingprocess have
                                          and
           differentpointsof .ziew,
accommodated                      while maintaining
                                                  a
principled
         position. Suchgoodwill hasenabled Chairman
                                         the      to
crafta text thatis both comprehensive widely welcomed.
                                    and              This
demonstrates me the extentto which all delegations
          to                                     are
committed keeptheir sightson the main goalof the Durban
        to
ReviewConference is, reaching to the manyvictimsof
               that         out
racismaroundthe world andmakingthe DurbanDeclarationand
Programme Action (DDPA) a reality for all.
        of




Ladies and Gentlemen.


     'We
        now needto assess what extentthe solemn
                        to                     pledges
     madein 2001havebeengiveneffecton the ground,
States                                          where
         it
of course matters most.In doing so we needto attainan
                 the
          understanding thosecontinuinggapsin protection
unequivocal           of
andin the implementation the DDPA which may be dueto a
                       of
lackof capacity insufficient
              or           politicalwill, or both.


     The demandingchaiiengesfacing the impiementation of the
DDPA requireus to pursuethe objectivesof this Review
         with a sense unflinching purpose. I have repeatediy
Conference           of
urgedall iN Member States fully contribure rhrsprocess.
                        to               ro
Procrastination expediency not acceptable
              and         are           approaches.
The fight against
                racismand intolerance     prompt and
                                    demands
        action.
sustained


Exceilencies.


     As I haveconveyed you last Thursday, am firmly
                      to                I
        that the currenttext contains the elements would
convinced                            all         that
fosterandunderpina consensual
                            outcome the DurbanReview
                                   of
Conference.


     I am particularly
                     pleased seethatmy proposal an
                           to                 for
observatory racismwithin OHCHR is reflectedin the draft
          on
      document.I am convinced suchobservatory
outcome                     that            will
inducea paradigmshift in the way the relevantUN mechanisms,
                                                         as
well asmy Office, pursuethe fight against
                                        racism,racral
             xenophobia, related
discrimination,        and      intolerance.


     Onceestablished, observatory enhance ability of
                    this        will    the
OHCHR,treatybodies,
                  relevant     Procedures the
                         Special        and
Durbanfoliow-upmechanisms deepen understanding
                        to     our           of
variousaspects racism,racialdiscrimination,
             of                           xenophobia
                                                   and
      intolerance, well astheir effects.
related.         as                    The informationand
       generated the observatory help devise
anaiysis       by              will         more
effective technical cooperationand capacttybuilding programmes
in the field of racism.


      Moreover,throughthe observatory, Office hopesto
                                     my
strengthen relationship
         its           with pertinent
                                    regional organizations,
                                                         as
weil as contribute the work of the intergovernmental expert
                  to                              and
mechanisms areengaged combating
         that       in         racismandracial
discrimination.


     To assistStates fulfilling their commitments
                   in                           underthe
DDPA,I havealsoproposed enhancement my office's
                      the        of
capacity the areaoftechnicalcooperation.Acting in synchrony
       in
with the work of the observatory,
                               suchbolstered
                                           technical
expertise
        would help States their fïght against
                        in                  racism,
                                                  racial
discrimination,xenophobiaand relatedintolerance.


Distinguished
            Delegates,


   For what concerns follow-upmechanisms,
                   the                 which
unfortunar"eiy not beenabieto tuifiii tireir potentiaiin part
            have
because a lack of politicalwill, theproposal the tableis to
      of                                   on
alignthe existingmechanisms
                          underthe auspices the
                                          of
Intergcvernmental
               V/orking Groupon the Effective
Implementation the DDPA (IGWG).In my view, such
             of
realignment clearlyincrease
          will            their efficiencyandharmony.
                                                    It
will alsomostdefinitelyimprovetheirvisibility.Allow me to
      however,
stress,      that I am not envisaging demotion such
                                    a         of
mechanisms, would I regarda modification their specific
         nor                           of
mandates functions desirable.
       and        as


   This reinvigorated anti-racism
                    IIN          machinerywould reinforce
andmaximrzespecificexpertise ultimatelyboostthe
                           and
implementation the DDPA. I will striveto enlistthe supportof
             of
all relevantIIN entitiesto mainstream implementation the
                                     the           of
DDPA into their work.


     Theseinitiativeswill contribute the needed
                                    to         enhancement
of the capacity OHCHR'sAnti-Discrimination
              of                         Unit to handlean
         volume of work, includingadditionaltasksthat are
escalating
expected arisefrom the DurbanReviewConference.
       to                                    Such
         will
enhancement bolsterthe ADU capacityto meaningfully
         to
contribute the work of CERD,relevant     Procedures
                                   Special        and
the Durban foiiow-up mechanisms.in aciciition"       Íinanciai
                                             aciequate
                                                I




        will
resources contribute the impiementation lN Member
                   to                 of
      recommendations to shoring OHCHR'sleadership
States'            and          up
positionin pursuing international
                   the         anti-racism
                                         agenda.
Mr. Chairperson,


     Let me concludeby pointing out that the way forward
                                                           in the
anti-racismagendadepends the outcome the DurbanReview
                       on           of
conference.we canreasonably
                          expectthat success two weeks
                                           in
will shoreup not only the fight against
                                      discriminationand
intolerance, alsothe humanrightsprogramme mechanisms
           but                          and
thatwe all haveendeavoured create pursue. with
                         to      and                 unity in
purpose canhopeto alleviatethe plight of countless
       we                                        victims of
racismat homeandabroad.


    Thankyou.

				
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