International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)

In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed, in its resolution 68/237, the International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024: its main goal is to reinforce actions and measures that guarantee the full exercise of Afro-descendant’ socio-economic, cultural civil and political rights, as well as their full and equitable participation in society.

Under the slogan “Recognition, Justice and Development”, the document offers a framework to encourage States to eradicate the social injustices inherited from history and to fight against racism, prejudice and racial discrimination that Afro-descendants still suffer.

The Decade confirms the will of UN member countries to reveal the history, memory and contemporary implications of slavery in different regions of the world. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the dehumanization and deportation of millions of human beings and the resistance that allowed the notions of humanity, dignity, citizenship, equity and freedom to be redefined.

The Resolution functions as an operational platform to:

  • encourage states to implement appropriate policies to reduce injustices, racism and discrimination, and
  • promote cultural diversity through the valorization of common heritages arising from the interactions caused by the history of slavery.

Its main objectives are:

1- Promote the respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of Afro-descendants, recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2- Promote better knowledge and greater respect for the diversity of heritage and culture of Afro-descendants and their contribution to the development of societies.

3- Approve and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks in accordance with the Durban Declaration and Program of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination to ensure their full and effective implementation.

The CIPDH-UNESCO aims, based on the guidelines established by UNESCO in the document 37 C / 4 2014-2021 DRAFT MEDIUM-TERM STRATEGY, to strengthen the South-South axis (Latin America – Africa) with special emphasis on exchanging experiences and reinforce knowledge to apply strategies provided in its Thematic Axes from a gender perspective, including the current needs of young people.