• Guidance Note of the Secretary-General on Racial Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (+)

    The Guidance Note was endorsed by the Secretary General on 6 March 2013.  It contains 19 recommendations for the UN system on how to address racial discrimination and protection of minorities in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Declaration on Minority Rights and other key standards, drawing from effective practices. The Guidance Note sets out guiding principles and framework for UN action with a view to ensuring a comprehensive and coherent UN approach from headquarters to regional and country presences. The Guidance Note does not aim to be exhaustive, but to highlight selected key areas of action for the UN system, and it complements more detailed tools and guidance that have been developed in selected fields.

    It was developed within the framework of the UN Network on Racial Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, established by the Secretary-General during the 20th anniversary year of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities in 2012.

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