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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How to make it happen?

In 2014, the UN General Assembly has adopted a Programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent. The various stakeholders are invited to take specific action to contribute to the objectives of the International Decade for People of African Descent at various levels:

  • At the national level, States should take concrete and practical steps through the adoption and effective implementation of national and international legal frameworks, policies and programmes to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance faced by people of African descent, taking into account the particular situation of women, girls and young men.
  • At the regional and international level, the international community, international and regional organizations are called

    • to raise awareness about and disseminate the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination;
    • assist States in the full and effective implementation of their commitments under the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action;
    • collect statistical data;
    • incorporate human rights into development programmes; and
    • honour and preserve historical memory of people of African descent.
  • At the local level, local authorities and civil society are invited to implement initiatives and activities to raise awareness and educate on the history of people of African descent and to promote their contribution to contemporary societies.

See full text of the Programme of Activities (PDF)