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

International Scientific Committee of Volume IX of the General History of Africa meets in China

In partnership with the University of Xiamen, UNESCO will hold the sixth meeting of the International Scientific Committee for the Development of Volume IX of the General History of Africa (GHA) in Xiamen, China, from 4 to 9 December 2017.

The main purpose of this meeting, the first on the Asian continent, is to review and validate the latest contributions from the authors and to finalize the Volume IX manuscript of the GHA.