UNITED NATIONS MARKED THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT WITH ITS FIRST CELEBRATION AND A CALL TO END SYSTEMIC RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

“Millions of people of African descent [around the world] are still subject to racism and deeply entrenched and systemic racial discrimination.” This must stop. UN Secretary-General

Yesterday, August 31, 2022, marked the International Day for People of African Descent being celebrated for the first time.

The United Nations General Assembly has requested the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action to draft a United Nations declaration on the promotion and full respect of the human rights of people of African descent. The Forum will contribute to this critically important work.

“It is essential that we continue to speak up – loudly and without fail – against any notion of racial superiority and that we work tirelessly to free all societies from the blight of racism.” Notes the UN Secretary-General.

“As we celebrate the diverse heritage and culture of people of African descent and their enormous contribution to our societies throughout history,” said the UN Secretary-General, in his message to mark the Day, noting that “millions of people of African descent [around the world] are still subject to racism and deeply entrenched and systemic racial discrimination.” This must stop.

The UN Secretary-General therefore calls for the full respect of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African Descent. Such violation of the rights of people of African descent must be redressed and formal apologies and reparations for the egregious wrongs of slavery and colonialism must be demanded.

The UN Ghana commends the Government of Ghana for the Beyond the Return initiative, a 10-year project under the theme, “A Decade of African Renaissance -2020-2030” and will be built on 7 pillars to provide a platform for engagements among the people of African descent, wherever they may currently be living. “Beyond the Return” is a follow-up to the successful “Year of Return”, launched in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619.

The United Nations Secretary-General urges all stakeholders, including people, communities and organizations of African descent, to participate and drive the work of the Forum forward.

Source for article: ModernGhana.com

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