The International Coalition of Cities against Racism was founded by UNESCO in 2004. The initiative is based upon the insight that the local level plays a key role in combating discrimination and exclusion. To involve the cities is a good way of putting international conventions, recommendations or declarations into practice.
Several regional networks have been established to define appropriate local strategies to fight racism: in 2004 in Europe, in 2005 in North America, in 2006 in Asia, Africa and Latin America and in 2008 in the Arab Region.
The German city of Nuremberg has taken on the main responsibility for the European Coalition: it has hosted the inaugural conference in December 2004 and is the “lead city” for the European coalition of cities (ECCAR) ever since.
Under the coordination of the respective lead city, each coalition defines its own "Ten-Point Plan of Action". The plan is composed of ten commitments covering the various areas of competence of city authorities such as education, housing, employment and cultural activities. It is adapted to the specific situation in cities of the region. Members of the coalition share experiences on regular meetings.
In 2008, all regional coalitions have been combined into the global coalition of cities. UNESCO's objective is to create a global network of cities interested in sharing experiences in order to improve their policies to fight racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion.
More information on the workings of ECCAR can be obtained from
City of Nuremberg
Lord Mayor’s Office / Human Rights Office
Rathausplatz 2, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany
Tel. +49 911 2315030, Fax. +49 911 2313040