ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON RACISM “YOUTH TOLERANCE IN THE NEW MILLENIUM”

27th – 30th July 2001
Melaka, Malaysia.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The World Youth Foundation (WYF) is a non-governmental organization whose aims are to promote research, development and documentation of youth programmes beneficial to youth worldwide. Since its inception in 1994, WYF has provided a platform for the interchange of ideas among youth organizations, both local and international by organizing various seminars in areas such as population, HIV/AIDS, human rights, education and globalization. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst to strengthen and enhance the dignity and well being of youth.

Considering that there is no forum for young people around the world to come together to discuss and formulate solutions around Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and Discrimination and considering that young people in particular are excluded and marginalized in the decision making processes, resulting in limiting their full and active participation politically, socially and culturally, the Foundation decided to organize the Asia Pacific Workshop on Racism: Youth Tolerance in the New Millennium. The workshop is an effort by the Foundation at bridging racial barriers and removing misunderstanding among youth in the Asia Pacific region.

WYF has long recognized the importance of issues on Human Rights; and the workshop on Racism is the first step in its effort to address the issues and challenges of racism faced by our young people. The workshop will look at racism and cultures more from the point of youth. WYF hopes to help develop a new generation of leaders who can thrive in a multi-cultural society and hope that this 3 day workshop will give the Foundation an opportunity to generate dialogue and discussion between youth and youth related agencies.

WHY YOUTH?

Youth are the heart and soul of a nation. They have the energy, commitment and creativity to advance the struggle against racism. They are the voice of the present and the future. They are amongst the most exposed to racism in their schools and on the streets, villages, towns and cities.

In order to have a meaningful impact, the voice of youth must be heard by national and international leaders who will advance the ideas of world youth and facilitate their participation in international events, particularly those in which decisions are taken that will direct and shape how governments and non-governmental organizations respond to the issue of racism and related forms of discrimination and intolerance.
Discrimination is a tormenting pain, which cannot be borne by any human being. Human history still witnesses the continuance of discrimination based on race, religion, colour, and so on at all levels of individual, national and international behavior. The UN’s commitment to human dignity and equality is reflected in the World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance which aims to ensure full recognition of the dignity and equality of all, and full respect for their human rights. The WCAR aims to refocus the understanding that diversity is a gift rather than a threat. The WCAR pledges to seek the conversion for every man, woman, and child, a life where the exercise of individual gifts and personal rights is affirmed by the dynamic solidarity of our membership of one human family.

This workshop will enable everyone involved to learn how to deal with racism or cultural misunderstanding and at the same time, make room for a lasting, meaningful and authentic engagement of youths. The workshop is committed to ensure that youth have a voice in the fight against racial discrimination. WYF will emphasize youth decision-making and problem solving and encourage young people to collaborate as they work to improve conditions in their community.

The workshop will examine root causes of cultural, religious and colour intolerance. Current legislative initiatives in the region will also be discussed, with the aim of forging a plan of action for youth input and participation in the deliberations and decision-making at national, regional and global level.

The workshop will also provide a forum for discussing relevant issues with the aim of having a better understanding of the discrimination and degradation being experienced by different population groups. The findings and recommendations of the workshop will contribute to the drafting of an Asian Youth Statement for the World Conference Against Racism. The Declaration and programme of action will be placed before the World Conference on Racism.

Asian Youth Statement On Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia And Related Intolerance

Programme Of Events

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

  • The Government of Malaysia
  • Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Geneva
  • United Nations Development Programme, Malaysia
  • United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
  • Ministry of Youth & Sports Malaysia
  • World Assembly of Youth
  • Asian Youth Council
  • Malaysian Youth Council
  • 4B Movement Malaysia
  • Malacca Youth Council
  • National Unity Department Melaka
  • Tourism Department Melaka
  • Police Department, Melaka
  • KI Pengurusan Progresif Sdn Bhd
  • Associated Educational Distributors Sdn Bhd, Melaka
  • Surya Printers
  • Ayer Keroh Country Resort, Melaka
  • Puteri Resort, Melaka
  • Committee, Kampung Morten, Melaka
  • Committee, Kampung Chitty, Melaka
  • Brigade Seni Melaka
  • Children from LittleWorld Ujong Pasir, Melaka
  • & all individuals and corporations who have contributed in one way or another.
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World Youth Foundation (299361-M):An NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Address: World Youth Foundation, P.O Box 584, 75760 Melaka, Malaysia. Telephone: +606-2320911 Fax: +606-2323911 Email: wyfhq@wyf.org.my