Thursday, August 18, 2011

Many Nations Plan to Boycott Durban III

Durban III is a United Nations (UN) conference scheduled to be held in New York City on 22 September 2011. It is to be  a one day high-level meeting in New York to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action by Durban I. The United States withdrew in protest from Durban I.

Durban I is not to be confused with the UNESCO Conference on Racism and Discrimination in Cities held in March 2009 (also in Durban). UNESCO does not list the conference on its schedule of events and appears to have no role in Durban III.

Durban II, held in Geneva in April 2009, was headlined by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who saw the occasion as ideal for issuing another denial of the Holocaust and an endorsement of genocide against the Jewish state.

According to Wikipedia, "Canada, the United States, Israel, the Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands have announced that they will boycott Durban III."

Click here for more information on why the United States voted against holding the conference and why it will not participate in the conference.

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