Competition for designing slavery monument launched

Raymond Wolfe

A global competition for the design of a monument to honour the victims of slavery was launched at the United Nations on Friday.

The aim of the permanent monument, to be erected at the UN headquarters in New York, is to remind the world about the violent removal of millions of Africans to the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe.

The Chairman of the slavery Permanent Memorial Committee is Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica.

"As we launch the competition, I am pleased to report that all stakeholders, including the members of the Committee, members of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM and the African Group which participated in the negotiations are confident, supremely confident that UNESCO will manage a transparent, inclusive and politically impartial selection process."

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The competition for designing the structure will be administered by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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