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The Launch of International Decade for People of African Descent
In December 2014, the UN General Assembly, in its Resolution 68/237, proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
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 the light of the recent worldwide Black Lives Matters demonstrations and protests against the escalating racial motivated police violence leading to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the paralysis Jacob Blake among other members of the black community, the NGO Pawa recognises the urgency for the re-launch of the IDPAD as a pillar to fight racism. Pawa, in cooperation with other actors, is re-launching the Decade with a cultural event entitled “The re-Launch of the Decade for People of African Descent”. Pawa will also host a range of pop-up cultural and art events highlighting the decades’ mechanisms and continuously provide information tailored for the African Diaspora on how to the political, economic, and cultural environment on their monthly online African Descent TV.
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