2009 U.N. Durban Review Conference: Follow-Up to the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism [November 20, 2008] [open pdf - 177KB]
"In April 2009, U.N. member states will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, for the U.N. Durban Review Conference Against Racism (Review Conference) to examine possible progress made since the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), held in Durban, South Africa. At WCAR, participating governments, including the United States, sought to recommend ways for the international community to address racism. The United States withdrew from WCAR because of what it viewed as participating governments' disproportionate focus on Israel as a perpetrator of racism and intolerance in the Middle East. […] This report provides information on the 2001 World Conference Against Racism and the circumstances of U.S. withdrawal. It discusses preparations for the Durban Review Conference, including U.S. policy and reaction from other governments. It highlights possible issues for the 111th Congress, including the Review Conference preparatory process, U.S. funding of the Conference, and the political and diplomatic impact of U.S. engagement. For related information, see CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RL33611, 'United Nations System Funding: Issues for Congress'. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34754
United States. Department of State, Foreign Press Centers, Bureau of Public Affairs: http://www.fpc.state.gov/