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International Decade for people of African descent


- International Decade for people of African descent 
General Assembly resolution on the Programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent [A/RES/69/16]
- General Assembly resolution proclaiming the International Decade for People of African Descent [A/RES/68/237]
- A fact sheet on People of African Descent (Word) (PDF)

NEW: Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean on the International Decade for People of African Descent

Information for NGO participation

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Forum for People of African Descent

Compilation of submissions received on the new Forum for people of African descent

A Forum for People of African Descent will start in 2015. We invite you to get involved in making it a successful platform to advance the promotion and protection of human rights.

The United Nations General Assembly decided, in resolution A/RES/69/16, to establish a Forum for People of African Descent to serve as a consultation mechanism during the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). There is an emphasis on inclusive participation of all States Members of the United Nations, United Nations funds and programmes, specialized agencies, civil society organizations of people of African descent and all other relevant stakeholders.

The United Nations Human Rights Council, will decide further on the mandate and modalities of the Forum for People of African Descent.

In anticipation of the Human Rights Council discussion, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as Coordinator for the International Decade for People of African Descent, invites interested stakeholders, individuals, groups and organizations to submit information on their vision for the new Forum for People of African Descent.

In your submission it would be useful to include your views on the following aspects: What should be the aims and objectives of the Forum for People of African Descent, its thematic focus, the format and the agenda, how to ensure wide participation in the Forum and what should be its outcomes?

OHCHR will transmit all submissions received to Member States who will hold consultations on the Forum for People of African Descent during the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Procedure for submissions:

  • Submissions should be sent in a written form and must include the contact details for the author(s) of the submission.
  • OHCHR will receive submissions until Friday, 6 March 2015, midnight Geneva time.

Submissions may be sent:

By email toafricandescent@ohchr.org

By post to: International Decade for People of African Descent,
Anti-Racial Discrimination Section,
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
UNOG-OHCHR,
CH-1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland

Due to resource and time constraints, OHCHR would be grateful if submissions could be clearly marked Forum for People of African Descent, be concise up to 1-page, in English, French and Spanish only.