​​20th session of the Working Group

The Working Group on African Descent will hold its 20th session from 3-7 April 2017 in Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXI. This session entitled "Leaving no one behind, people of African descent and the Sustainable Development Goals" will be used 1.) to advocate for prioritization of people of African descent in work to achieve SDGs and 2.) to develop simple operational guidelines for use by stakeholders (Governments, UN and civil society) on how to prioritize people of African descent as a particularly discriminated group at all stages of implementation of the SDGs.

During the session there will also be a Consultation with Civil Society on 5 April 2017 from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs at the Palais Wilson, First floor conference room, 52 rue des Pâquis, Geneva. The objective of the consultation is to explore new and innovative ways for the Working Group to work with civil society organizations to strengthen its work. The afternoon will include discussions on three guiding questions outlined below, exploring the key challenges of racial discrimination today and responses by civil society to combat these, engagement to date by civil society with the Working Group and suggestions to strengthen the impact of its recommendations on the ground and recommendations for priority human rights concerns which the Working Group should focus on in the next three years.

Questions: 1. What are the key human rights concerns of people of African descent in your country/region today and how do you work to address them?
2. How can the WGEPAD improve and enhance its engagement with civil society for greater impact on the ground?
3. Which human rights concerns should the WGEPAD focus on in the next three years?


You can follow the Civil Society Consultation webcast live on http://webtv.un.org. Join the conversation use hashtags #WGEPAD  #AfricanDescent#fightracism

20th session presentations

Special Procedures
Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
Recent thematic reports
Others involved
External links
Contact information

The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
OHCHR-UNOG 8-14 Avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneve 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 9000
Fax: +41 22 917 9008
Email: africandescent@ohchr.org