Vernellia R. Randall, The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action with Background Information, 8 Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal 7 (Spring, 2002).
The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action was the result of a historical meeting of Africans and African descendants that took place on April 28 to 29, 2001 in Vienna, Austria.(1) At that time about 135 African and African- descendant non-governmental organizations and individuals gathered to plan for the third United Nation World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance ("WCAR") to be held in Durban, South Africa from August 31 to September 7, 2001.(2) Prior to that meeting, Africans and African descendants met during the First World Preparatory and the Regional Preparatory Conferences (PrepCon) in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.(3) From these meetings it became clear that the interests of African and African descendants were not being adequately acknowledged in the preliminary meetings and conferences.(4)