Azerbaijan, Baku, March 18 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world community to increase efforts to eliminate various forms of racism and racial discrimination.
The Secretary-General appealed to the world countries in connection with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN Azerbaijani representation told Trend today.
"We must turn our very best achievements into the legal standards and a desire to comply with these standards. First of all, let us protect and preserve the rich diversity of humankind and we will respect the dignity and equality of all," Ki-moon said.
This year's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is dedicated to the fight against racism in sport due to the fact that South Africa was the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup on its territory.
"We encourage the sport organizations to carry out tough policies against discrimination and punish those, who commit acts of racial discrimination, and create a foundation for the establishment of justice for the victims" he added.
"The concession of power to the societies that lack sports rights, can affect our world and inspire millions of people," he said.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually 21 March.
On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws".
Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)).
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