Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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The Role of the International Community

November 10 - 11, 2006
Queen's University

  • Organizer: Will Kymlicka (Queen's University)

In recent years, particularly since 1990, issues of ethnocultural diversity have become more salient within a wide range of international intergovernmental organizations. Several organizations have adopted declarations, recommendations, operational directives or policy documents about how issues of ethnicity should be taken into account (or not) in the organization's activities and projects. Our goal in Spoke 3 will be to address two questions: first ? Why have international organizations become so concerned with, and involved in, this issue? and second ? How have these developments within international organizations affected state-minority relations on the ground in countries around the world? The first question is the focus of the 2006 fall workshop. The goal will be to better understand the multiple, and sometimes rather indirect, routes by which international organizations (eg. UNESCO, World Bank, Council of Europe, UNDP) have come to this issue.