Coalition of Cities against Racism


The Coalition of Cities against Racism is an initiative launched by UNESCO and the City of Nuremberg in 2004 to establish a network of cities interested in sharing experiences in order to improve their policies to fight racism, discrimination and xenophobia.

In order to take into account the specificities and priorities of each region of the world, regional coalitions are being created with their respective programme of action in Africa, Arab Region, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.

The European Coalition of Cities

As the first regional coalition the “European Coalition of Cities Against Racism” (ECCAR) was established in 2004 in Nuremberg.

The goals are:

  • Fighting any form of racism and discrimination at a municipal level and thus making a contribution to safeguarding and promoting human rights and respect for diversity in Europe;
  • supporting member cities in this task via the "Ten-Point-Plan of Action", which was adopted in Nuremberg on 10 December 2004, and assisting them in establishing priorities, optimising their strategies and intensifying their co-operation;
  • representing and promoting the common interests of member cities at the European Union, the Council of Europe and with the governments of European states;
  • strengthening the co-operation with institutions and organisations which are also committed to fighting racism and discrimination, as well as with other European municipal networks;
  • sensitising the European public to the values of a just and solidarity-based society and motivating the public to promote equality and to counteract with determination any racist or discriminatory opinion and behaviour.

In the meantime, more than 104 municipalities from 22 European countries have joined the network and adopted the "Ten-Point-Plan of Action".

Please find the contact details on ECCAR's website, see link below.

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