International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)

In December 2014, the UN General Assembly, in its Resolution 68/237, proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

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This Decade, for which the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was designated as the lead agency, aims to strengthen actions and measures to ensure the full realization of the economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in society.

Under the theme "Recognition, Justice and Development”, the Decade provides an operational framework to encourage States to eradicate social injustices inherited from history and to fight against racism, prejudice and racial discrimination to which people of African descent are still subjected.

In focus

#YouthOfUNESCO Oluwatoyin Faleke on the importance of investing in African youth

It’s Africa Week at UNESCO and this year’s theme, “Investing in African Youth,” highlights the importance of engaging with youth as leaders and partners, not just as mere beneficiaries.

Investing in African youth is key -  to the aspirations of Agenda 2063, and also to the global Agenda 2030, endorsed by Africa’s leaders. And with so many young women and men leading social change throughout the African continent, it is vital that they are supported in addressing some of the region’s biggest challenges.