United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned racism in the organization and in countries.
Guterres denounced the situation, noting that the principles of the global body prohibit all forms of discrimination.
The UN chief spoke at the launch of “Awareness and Action”, a campaign to fight racism in the institution.
Addressing the New York virtual event, he told staff that the UN was founded on the basis of dignity, regardless of race, color, ethnicity or national origin.
“Racism challenges every government, every society and every organization, including our own. It is true that we have put in place clear rules which prohibit and protect staff from all forms of discrimination, including racism.
“But let’s be honest: we have sometimes been slow to recognize the existence of racism within the UN. Let me be very clear: racism has no place in the United Nations. “
The diplomat said the workforce needs to assess efforts to see if enough is being done to tackle racial intolerance.
“The exercise we are launching today is about making all those who contribute to the work of the United Nations feel respected and valued as individuals and as part of our United Nations family.
Guterres said the main goal of the campaign is to create safe spaces for staff to share experiences and perspectives in a respectful and supportive environment.
The crusade will feature several dialogues led by United Nations duty stations around the world.
Guterres, however, urged the 193 member states to develop legal tools and build their capacity to tackle racism.