Mayor Andre Dickens Joins U.S. Delegation to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Staff Report

Monday, August 15th, 2022

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens joined a delegation representing the United States in Geneva this week as part of the country’s presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Mayor Dickens joined federal and state leaders and was the only leader representing a U.S. city. Mayor Dickens highlighted Atlanta’s leadership in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion as the Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, and discussed the ways that cities can lead in issues of racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

“Like all major cities, we face challenges of affordability, of inclusion, of racial, economic, and health disparities,” Mayor Dickens said to the Committee. “In Atlanta we don’t claim to have all the answers. We are transparent on the challenges we face and take a collaborative approach to identifying and implementing innovative solutions.… We are a city committed to human rights and stand firmly against racial discrimination. We are the voice of the voiceless and will continue to be the catalyst for change.”

The delegation is led by fellow Atlantan Ambassador Michèle Taylor, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Other members include a representative from the White House, the State of California, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.