Welcome to ECCAR

The Coalition of Cities against Racism is an initiative launched by UNESCO in 2004 to establish a network of cities interested in sharing experiences in order to improve their policies to fight racism, discrimination and xenophobia.
The international conventions, recommendations and declarations elaborated at the upstream level need to be ratified and implemented by the States. At the same time, it is extremely important to involve all the actors on the ground, including the targets of discriminations, to make sure that those international and national instruments are applied and respond to concrete problems. In times of growing globalisation and urbanisation, the municipalities are a key factor in ensuring that all their citizens, regardless of their nationality, ethnic, cultural, religious or social origin, can live in dignity, security and justice. To this aim UNESCO decided to establish an "International Coalition of Cities against Racism", an initiative which is expressly supported by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the world's largest organisation of municipalities, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
On December 10th 2004, the "European Coalition of Cities against Racism" was established in Nuremberg, and a "Ten-Point-Plan of Action" was adopted. In order to take into account the special conditions and priorities of different regions of the world, further regional coalitions have been established in the two following years and worked out their own action plans. 

Previous Presidents of ECCAR

Dr. Hans Hesselmann was the President of ECCAR from 2004 to 2011
Representative of the City of Nuremberg

 

Jean-Paul Makengo was the President of ECCAR from 2011 to 2014
Representative of the City of Toulouse

 

ICCAR

International Coalition of Cities Against Racism

 

The International Coalition of Cities Against Racism is an initiative launched by UNESCO in 2004 and acts as umbrella organisation of the world’s regional Coalitions of Cities Against Racism.

Considering cities as places where people from various backgrounds come together, and local authorities as key contributors to fight racism and discrimination, the ICCAR called on municipalities in each region to create networks of cities interested in sharing experiences to improve their policies to fight discrimination and promote diversity, mutual respect and dialogue. Each regional coalition implements its own ten-points action plan - covering areas of competence of city authorities such as education, housing, employment and cultural activities - to tackle discrimination specific to its region.

On June 30th 2008, UNESCO organised a meeting with representatives from the regional coalitions of Africa (City of Durban, South Africa), the Arab region (City of Casablanca, Morocco), Asia and the Pacific (City of Suva, Fiji), North America (City of Toronto, Canada), Europe (City of Nuremberg, Germany) and Latin America and the Caribbean (City of Montevideo, Uruguay). They established the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism and adopted the "Nantes Declaration".

Current Status of the Regional Coalitions:

  • Africa: The African Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination was launched in September 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Arab Region: The Coalition has been officially launched at a ceremony held in Casablanca (Morocco), city designated as a "leader" of this network, on 25 June 2008.
  • Asia and the Pacific: The Coalition of Cities against Discrimination in Asia and the Pacific, was founded in August 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand; officially launched on the occasion of the second United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress in Jeju, Korea, in October 2007.
  • Europe: The European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR) was launched in December 2004 in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: The Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism launched in October 2006, in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • North America: The Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD) has been  officially launched in Calgary (Alberta) in 2007.
  • United States of America: U.S. Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination, launched on 12 September 2013.