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Info about the conference (including the registration forms) can be found
IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND YOU HAVE TO REGISTER BEFORE 24 JULY
For those of you that have problems opening the pdf file here are the
OSCE CONFERENCE ON TOLERANCE AND THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM, XENOPHOBIA AND
Brussels, 13 - 14 September 2004
To Non-Governmental Organizations
Please find attached the agenda, organizational modalities and registration
forms related to the upcoming OSCE Conference on Tolerance, and the Fight
against Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination to be held in Brussels on 13
and 14 September 2004. These documents are also available on the OSCE
website at www.osce.org (please see the OSCE Events Calendar on the OSCE
NGOs whose activities directly relate to the topic of the Conference and
wish to attend, are requested to register for this event and return a
completed NGO registration form no later than 23 July 2004.
NGOs may display information material about their organization on the
tables in the Conference Centre. Due to limited space and to ensure best
possible organization such requests should be forwarded to:
Ms. Th?r?se KICQ (conference.on.tolerance at diplobel.fed.be) no later than 15
NGOs may also distribute documents during the Conference by giving one copy
of each document (maximum three pages in length), preferably in electronic
form (disk or email), to the staff of the Documents Distribution Centre.
Unfortunately, financial assistance can not be provided for participation
in this Conference.
NGOs are kindly requested to make their own hotel arrangements.
* For further information on organization and logistics, please contact
Ms. Th?r?se KICQ conference.on.tolerance at diplobel.fed.be
* For more information on the Conference programme, please contact Ms.
Selver Yumer selver.yumer at bulgvert.at
* For general information about participation of NGOs at OSCE
Conference, please contact Mr. Childerik Schaapveld, ODIHR NGO Adviser
Childerik.Schaapveld at odihr.pl or Mr. Jakhongir Azizkhodjaev, ODIHR NGO
Office at Jakhongir.Azizkhodjaev at odihr.pl
If you can not open the pdf file here is the what information is required
on the NGO registration form:
OSCE CONFERENCE ON TOLERANCE AND THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM,
XENOPHOBIA AND DISCRIMINATION
Brussels, 13 ? 14 September 2004
N G O REGISTRATIONFORM
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2. Surname: ??...??????????.. 3. First Name (s): ???????????..?.
4. Position / Title: ????????...????????????????????...????.....
5. Place and Date of birth: ??????????.. 6. Citizenship: ? ??????????...?
7. Passport No.: .?????????????. Issued by: .????????..?????..
8. Sex: F e m a l e O M a l e O
9. NGO's address: ???????????????......???????????..??????..
Phone: ..???????.?????????? Fax: ????????.?????????.
E?Mail: ?????????.??.??????. Website URL?????????????..
Date: ?????????.????????. Signature: ???...????????????.??
NOTE: You are kindly requested to return this registration form duly
completed no later than 23 July 2004
to: fax: (+32-2) 512 57 59
For more information on:
- Organization/logistics: Ms. Th?r?se KICQ,
conference.on.tolerance at diplobel.fed.be Federal Public Service for Foreign
Affairs ? 15, Rue des Petits Carmes, B 1000 Brussels - Tel (+32-2) 501 39
82, Fax (+32-2) 512 57 59
- Programme: Ms. Selver Yumer, selver.yumer at bulgvert.at (Bulgarian
Permanent Representation to the OSCE)
(Monday 13 September all day, Tuesday 14 September until ? 14.00 hours
Monday 13 September
Opening: Dialogue and Partnerships towards Tolerance, Respect and Mutual
* Presenting the problem of racism, xenophobia and discrimination and
its manifestations throughout the OSCE region;
* Emphasizing dialogue and partnerships towards tolerance, respect and
mutual understanding to combat racism, xenophobia and discrimination;
* Exploring and identifying concrete measures that the OSCE and
participating States might take to combat racist, xenophobic and
Session 1: Legislative and Institutional Mechanisms and Governmental
Action, Including Law Enforcement
Topics may include, inter alia:
* How can governments ensure that their laws and policies are not
discriminatory, and how can they prevent manifestations of discrimination?
* Institutional mechanisms to foster dialogue and partnerships, both
between different components of a society and between them and their
* The status of the implementation and the follow-up of the Maastricht
Ministerial Decision on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination.
Session 2: The Role of Governments and Civil Society in Promoting
Tolerance, Respect and Mutual Understanding, Particularly through
Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue and Partnerships
Topics may include, inter alia:
* The role of governments, political leaders and groups representing
different faiths and cultures in fostering interfaith and intercultural
dialogue and partnerships;
* The possible models of dialogue and partnerships on national and
local levels to promote tolerance, respect and mutual understanding among
religious communities, groups representing different cultures, and government;
* How can governments ensure that their policies do not discriminate
against religious communities and reasonably accommodate minority religious
* The different consequences of an integrative approach versus an
assimilative approach towards different religious communities and/or people
>from different cultures in society.
Session 3: Combating Discrimination against Migrant Workers and
Facilitating their Integration into the Societies in which They Are Legally
Topics may include, inter alia:
* The roles of governments, parliaments, political parties, and civil
society in combating intolerance towards migrant workers;
* What can participating States do to promote respect for diversity and
to provide support and opportunities to legally residing migrant workers to
facilitate their inclusion into mainstream society?
* How to strike the right balance between the responsibility of migrant
communities to respect the social and legal norms of their new countries of
residence and the responsibility of host countries to assist their
integration into their legal and social framework?
Tuesday 14 September
Session 4: Promoting Tolerance, Respect for Diversity and
Non-Discrimination through Education and Media, Particularly among the
Topics may include, inter alia:
* Integration of tolerance and the appreciation of different faiths and
cultures into existing curriculum subjects;
* Media, including Internet, as a tool to promote tolerance, respond to
racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda, and prevent hate crimes by
tackling prejudice and combating ignorance and misunderstanding;
* Increasing co-operation between the media and educational
institutions to provide multi-faceted educational campaigns aimed at young
Conclusions and recommendations.
1. The Conference will be held at:
Brussels Expo (Heysel)
Auditorium 2000 and Hall 10
Place de la Belgique
1020 Brussels Belgium
Website : www.brusselsexpo.be
2. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE Institutions and
Field Operations, representatives of International Organizations and
representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations will participate in the
meeting. The Asian Partners for Co-operation and the Mediterranean Partners
for Co-operation are invited to participate as well.
3. The plenary sessions will be held at the ?Auditorium 2000?, which seats
4. During the plenary sessions, translation will be provided in the six
OSCE working languages.
English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and ?
5. A standing lunch will be offered to all participants on 13 September. In
the evening of September 13, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom
of Belgium envisages to host a dinner at the Palais d?Egmont for Heads of
Delegations. Personal invitations to a number of participants will be
issued at a later stage.
6. Participants will be provided with necessary facilities for the display
and distribution of relevant publications, documents, and information
materials. A limited number of working stations will be available in the
7. Admission/Registration: Please note that for security reasons, all
participants will be requested to present their passport or photo ID as
listed in the registration form whenever they wish to enter the Conference
Centre. For the same reason, we kindly ask participants to contact the
conference?s registration desk at the Conference Centre prior to the
opening plenary, scheduled for Monday, 13 September.
? A registration desk for delegations and NGOs will be located at the main
entrance of the Conference Centre
? A specific registration desk for Press will be available.
Both registration desks will open from 8.00 till 18.00 on Monday 13
September and from 8.00 till 15.00 on Tuesday 14 September.
? A pre-registration desk will be opened on Sunday 12 September from 14.00
till 18.00 at the main entrance of the Public Federal Service Foreign
Affairs located downtown (15 rue des Petits Carmes, 1000 Brussels ? subway
station ?Porte de Namur?, five minutes walk from the Jolly Hotel)
Participants are kindly invited to use this facility, in order to
facilitate the registration on the Monday morning.
8. Participants are kindly requested to inform Ms. Th?r?se KICQ
conference.on.tolerance at diplobel.fed.be until 15 August of any requirements
for technical equipment to be available or to be introduced during the
plenary sessions or side events for presentation of audio-visual materials.
9. Appropriate working facilities for Non-Governmental Organizations and
representatives of the media, will be arranged.
10. In order to assist participants with accommodation in Brussels, an
overview of hotels as well as contact information is provided. A shuttle
service will be organized between the hereby-listed hotels and the
Conference Center. Further information will be provided for at a later stage.
11. Please take note that for security reasons, luggage cannot be stored at
the Conference Centre including the closing day of the Conference. We,
therefore, would recommend that luggage be stored at the hotels.
12. How to go to the Heysel:
* By car (see map 1below): the Parc des Expositions is easy to get to
by car, no matter where you set off from. Once you are on the ring road,
take exit 7b or 8 and follow the signs marked "EXPO". Brussels Expo also
has the largest car park in the country.
* By train: Access by train is equally straightforward. Eurostar (from
London) and Thalys (from Paris, Amsterdam or Cologne), both stop at the
Gare du Midi, where you must first take the orange Metro 2 line (direction
"Simonis") to "Simonis". At "Simonis", you take the 1A Metro line
(direction "Roi Baudouin") to "Heysel". If you are starting from the Gare
Centrale, all you have to do is take the yellow 1A Metro line (direction
"Roi Baudouin") to "Heysel".
* By plane: If you are arriving by plane, Brussels International
Airport (Zaventem) is no more than 10 minutes away from Brussels Expo by
road. You also have the option of taking a taxi or a train to the city
centre. The "Airport City Express" leaves four times an hour (between 6
a.m. and midnight). The journey to the city centre takes only a quarter of
an hour. From there, you can take the metro.
* By metro (subway): (See map 2) Line 1 A towards ?Roi Baudouin?, stop
?Heysel?. From Stations ?Rogier? or ?Botanique?, the ride takes 20 minutes:
take line 2 towards ?Simonis?. Change to line 1A towards ?Roi Baudouin?.
Get out at station ?Heysel?. Walking time to Hall 10 and Auditorium 2000 is
about 2 minutes.
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