The exhibition is held at the same venue as the NGO Forum plenary sessions and workshops, ensuring excellent exposure throughout the duration of activities.
NGO’s, CBO’s, NPO’s world wide
The World Conference Against Racism NGO Forum exhibition will be the prime showcase for organisations involved in eradicating racism all over the world. It will be attended by an estimated 15 000-20 000 international NGO Forum and Conference delegates, ranging from high ranking government, private sector and civil decision makers, innovators and activists. It is therefore the ideal event platform to communicate to the world the important work you are doing in your region.
This is a personal invitation to participate in this important exhibition, and to benefit from the exposure and interaction it offers those who will be present.
These are the tangible benefits of exhibiting at the World Conference Against Racism NGO Forum…
The exhibition forms an integral part of the NGO Forum deliberations. Use this opportunity to create awareness about your services and projects, and explore synergies with like-minded organisations and individuals for mutual benefit.
Create eye-catching displays that attract people who matter – share your success and effectiveness by creating a greater understanding and knowledge of your projects.
Since there will be a range of stand alternatives, ranging from large shell scheme stands to a space with only table and chairs, the exhibition will be affordable to all organisations. Organisations who do not have the resources for an exhibition stand can utilise a display panel for posters and other material.
The Panel on Self-Determination opened with remarks from Professor Angela Davis who explained that racism couldn’t truly be defined, but that it exists in the economic, cultural and historical aspects of our daily lives.
Davis noted that indigenous peoples suffer discrimination not only because of their race, but also through the denial of their land, language and other fundamental rights. She also addressed the need for activists and scholars to give priority the growing number of prisoners globally who are subjected to discriminatory punishment. Davis also remarked on the necessity for affirmative action by states and in civil society to right the wrongs of racism.
The right to self-determination for the Hawaiian peoples of the Untied States was also discussed, as well as the need to include the Hawaiian language in education.
Winnie Mandela also addressed the Commission. She expressed the need for people not to depend on the right to self-determination to achieve their freedom, and urged the NGOs to look into themselves to determine their own well being.
Mr Parshuram Tamang, representative of Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) from Nepal raised the issue of the Ex-Gurkha Soldiers, the indigenous people of Nepal, who are being discriminated by British Government. Mr. Tamang noted that the Gurkhas are an indigenous people from Nepal who have been have achieved fame by fighting across the world for the British Government for over 200 years and who in return are discriminated by the British Government in terms of pay pension and other retirement benefits.
The panelist highlighted the relevant treaties, and the social, economic and political implications of the discrimination faced by the Gurkhas.