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A/78/317: Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent - Report of the Secretary-General


18 August 2023

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The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/16, focuses on reparatory justice for people of African descent. It acknowledges increased acceptance of the need to address the continuing impacts of enslavement and colonialism, including through reparatory justice. It takes stock of existing frameworks and initiatives and identifies areas for further consideration.

Drawing on the observations and recommendations of United Nations bodies and experts and contributions from stakeholders, the Secretary-General recommends that States take a comprehensive approach, grounded in international human rights law, that seeks to address legacies of the past in order to build societies that are free from systemic racism and racial discrimination. To achieve these objectives effectively, the approach should be participatory, gender-sensitive and inclusive, and should combine a plurality of measures, including, where appropriate, restitution, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition.

Issued By:

United Nations Secretary General

Delivered To:

General Assembly at its seventy-eighth session