In recent years we have seen hundreds of millions of civilians flee their country as a result of war and poverty, but now in 2019 we have seen this at an extreme extent. Now the world is facing a growing of a problem to be solved: racism and segregation based on race are growing in countries as more immigrants travel to other countries to seek refuge and create new lives. And with countries such as Bosnia & Herzegovina having a 45.6% emigration population in 2015, we can see the extent to which some people are leaving their home countries. Because of the rise of xenophobia and racism in the countries with the highest immigration rates, change must occur to preserve the rights of these victims of war and poverty. We’ve seen countries implement laws to protect and regulate these immigrants but change must occur on an international scale.
While France has cracked down on immigration in the past, it’s time for change. France believes we must help guarantee protections to all races and immigrants under the United Nations to ensure the safety of millions. In recent years France has advocated for a stop to racism by backing up and being apart of the follow-up process of the World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and furthermore implementing a national plan of stopping racism under the Committee of Elimination of Racial Discrimination. And furthermore establishing a delegate to coordinate groups of government to work together to try and eliminate racism.
France proposed a national campaign to target areas in the world that have the highest levels of xenophobia and racism with a positive ad campaign. We believe that raising awareness of racism and showing our support of stopping racism is necessary to change social prejudices on the matter. Furthermore with this global effort we can create a network of support for people experiencing racism and facing discrimination so they can get the help they need. With this plan France truly believes the UN can help lower xenophobia and racism in the world drastically.
- Max West