The Biden-Harris administration is deeply committed to addressing the challenges of systemic racism both at home and abroad, including the structures, policies, laws, and practices that sustain racial injustices. The administration further believes that any pledge to advance human rights around the world must begin with a pledge to advance human rights at home.
In that context, the United States has assembled a diverse interagency delegation to the upcoming meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva, Switzerland (August 11-12).
The delegation will be led by Ambassador Michèle Taylor, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, and Desirée Cormier Smith, the State Department’s Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice. It will also feature representatives from nearly a dozen executive branch agencies including the Departments of Justice, Labor, and Education, as well as Mayor of Atlanta Andre Dickens and representatives from the office of California’s Attorney General.
While in Geneva, the delegation will present the 2021 report on the implementation of U.S. obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The report outlines actions taken by the U.S. Government to promote racial equity and address systemic racism and discrimination.
In preparation for the presentation, the United States hosted a series of consultations with American civil society on a wide range of issues of concern to marginalized racial and ethnic communities. U.S. participation in this process reflects the administration’s abiding commitment to human rights treaty obligations, and its firm belief that the United States must lead by example.