UN launches International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. With this declaration, the international community recognizes that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. The UN states that “whether as descendants of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade or as more recent migrants, they constitute some of the poorest and most marginalized groups. Studies and findings by international and national bodies demonstrate that people of African descent still have limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security.”

Proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 68/237, this proclamation “provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.”

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