Permanent forum on people of African descent

The United Nations General Assembly decided, in resolution A/RES/69/16  of 18 November 2014 entitled Programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent "to establish a forum to serve as a consultation mechanism... that would ensure the 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". Pursuant to A/RES/69/16, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invited in March 2015 interested stakeholders, individuals, groups and organizations to submit information on their vision for the new forum on people of African descent. All submissions received were transmitted to Member States.

The United Nations General Assembly decided, in resolution A/RES/73/262, "to establish a permanent forum on people of African descent, which will serve as a consultation mechanism for people of African descent and other interested stakeholders as a platform for improving the quality of life and livelihoods of people of African descent and to contribute to elaborating a United Nations declaration, which is the first step towards a legally binding instrument, on the promotion and full respect of human rights of people of African descent, and that the modalities, format and substantive and procedural aspects of the permanent forum will be concluded by Member States and observer States, with further consultations with people of African descent".

Consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent

Following additional consultations with Member States, and taking into account available conference room space, the one-day Consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent will be held on 10 May 2019 in Room VII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/73/262, the Consultation will focus on "the modalities, format and substantive and procedural aspects of the permanent forum". 

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Call for applicants: Consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent (closed)

Submissions from civil society: Submissions may be sent to decadepadgeneva@ohchr.org by 15 June 2019

Chairperson's Report of the one-day consultation on the Permanent Forum on people of African descent