Fall in racially motivated crimes
On International Day for Tolerance, 16 November, the UN High Commission for Refugees noted a fall in the number of racially motivated crimes in Ukraine during 2009. The UNHCR states that a positive impact has been seen from the work of law enforcement agencies, primarily the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However it warns that there is a long way to go in finally overcoming racism and xenophobia.
The UNHCR Mission in Ukraine which is one of the coordinators of the Diversity Initiative has, with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency [CIDA] carried out a nationwide campaign entitled “Skin colour is not important!”. Special video and audio clips were created on cultural diversity calling for tolerance to ethnic minorities in Ukraine. The musical accompaniment was provided by Pavlo Hudimov, well-known musician, owner and curator of a Kyiv art gallery and head of the NGO “The Heart must not sleep”.
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In 1996, the General Assembly invited Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public (of 12 December). This action came in the wake of the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the Assembly in 1993 ( ). The Year had been declared on the initiative of the General Conference of UNESCO. On 16 November 1995, the UNESCO member States had adopted the .