Bulletin Special Series: Through the Lens - Episode #1 - In Plain Sight: Racism, Xenophobia, and Neo-Nazism During Covid-19 pandemic

Pau Palop-Garcia

This is a Bulletin special series: Through the Lens, a podcast series analysing global issues through the lens of the United Nations.

Join us as we explore the United Nations, its mission and its future. In each episode we will pick apart a resolution passed by the 75th General Assembly and find out what is going on in our world, how the pre-eminent international body is seeking to address mounting conflicts and dilemmas and what challenges remain.

About this episode

What does the United Nations do to combat racism? How has the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the need for action? The first episode of our current podcast series provides information about two resolutions of the United Nations: Resolution 75/237 and Resolution 75/169. Both of which cover combatting and eliminating all forms of racism, discrimination, and xenophobia. We discuss the World Conference Against Racism, the debate and discussion surrounding the 2000 Durban Declaration, and most recently, the increase in racism and discrimination against people of Asian descent, people of color, Jews, and other groups since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. We discuss the rise in racism and hate crimes around the world, including Australia, Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia. To conclude, the episode discusses several policy recommendations that could help the United Nations implement the resolutions more effectively.

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About the special series

This podcast special series is a result of the class "Analyzing Global Issues through the Lens of the United Nations: A Podcast" held by Dr. Pau Palop-Garcia at the Brandt School.

Dr. Palop-Garcia is a Research Fellow at the Brandt School since 2021. You can find more about him here.

About the authors

This episode was written and produced by Brandt School students Marissa Gillwald and Md Sajid Arghandaiwal.

~ The views represented in this blog post do not necessarily represent those of the Brandt School. ~