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Normative instruments
Faced with the escalation of racism and the emergence of new forms of discrimination, as well as with the rising ideologies of intolerance, UNESCO wishes to take steps in order to revitalize, complete and/or ratify the normative texts that it produced and that are related to the problem of racism and discrimination.
    Legal Instruments

      Convention against Discrimination in Education
The Convention acknowledges the crucial role of education in ensuring equality of opportunity for members of all racial, national or ethnic groups.  More...


      Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
Revitalizes the concept of tolerance by presenting it as an active attitude arising from recognition of and respect for the human rights of others  More...


      Declaration on Fundamental Principles concerning the Contribution of the Mass Media to Strengthening Peace and International Understanding, to the Promotion of Human Rights and to Countering Racialism, apartheid and incitement to war
It underlines the responsibility of the media.  More...


      Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice
Demonstrating the invalidity of racist theories and racial prejudices, the Declaration specifically approaches the racial issue from the scientific and political point of view.  More...


      International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was set up to monitor how states implement the Convention.  More...


      Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
It underlines the importance given to culture and the respect of differences in a non-discriminatory environment.  More...


      UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity
Fundamental text of a new ethics, representing the culmination of UNESCO's long efforts in defence of cultural pluralism  More...


      Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights
Puting the ethical debate on table to alert international opinion, the Declaration also prevents possible discriminations based on genetic manipulation.  More...


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