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REPORT ON THE REGIONAL PREPARATORY CONFERENCES OF THE AMERICAS

I. INTRODUCTION

In preparation for the upcoming UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, a regional meeting was held for the Americas in Santiago, Chile, from December 3 to December 7, 2000. There were two parallel meetings: the governmental conference, called the Americas Preparatory Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance (hereinafter Regional PrepCom) and the parallel "NGO Forum," called the Conference of Citizens against Racism, Xenophobia, Intolerance and Discrimination (hereinafter Citizenís Conference).

The Regional PrepCom was convened by the Chilean Government and was held December 5-7. In that meeting, governments were the decision-makers and NGO representatives participated primarily as lobbyists, observers and providers of information. The Regional PrepCom adopted two final documents: a Final Declaration and a Plan of Action. The Citizenís Conference took place prior to the governmental meeting from December 3-4, and NGOs, civil society and community-based organizations were the primary actors in that forum. The Citizenís Conference adopted a Final Declaration. Both the Regional PrepCom and the Citizenís Conference were convened in order to develop a regional agenda and a regional program of work to be fed into the World Conference as well as pursued independently.

There were several positive outcomes of both meetings. On the civil society side, the massive presence of civil society organizations should be highlighted. More than 1,700 people participated, giving birth to a strong regional movement to fight racism. The meetings also contributed to enhancing the dialogue among Afro-descendants throughout the region and bringing international attention to the challenges that they face. On the governmental side, the Regional PrepCom allowed decisive actions to be taken to fight racial discrimination in the region. For the first time, governments in the Americas accepted as a region that racial discrimination exists throughout the region and that it should be strongly combated. Another important outcome of the Regional PrepCom was the recognition of indigenous peoples as "peoples" and not as mere "populations," as they had been called in all of the prior regional meetings. Finally, there was an important development regarding the controversial issue of reparations, as a majority of governments admitted the need for such measures.

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