International Decade for People of African Descent launched

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Sam Kutesa. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

People all over the world are being encouraged over the next ten years to tackle issues of racism and racial discrimination faced by people of African descent.

That's what the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa said during the launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent on Wednesday.

The theme of the decade, starting on 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024, is "People of African descent: recognition, justice and development".

Mr. Kutesa said that human rights issues affecting people of African descent are present on every continent.

"Over the next ten years people everywhere are encouraged to take part in global conversation on the realities faced by people of African descent. The decade will allow us to explore the challenge faced by people of African descent due to the pervasive racism and racial discrimination engrained in our societies. The theme of the International decade, 'recognition, justice and development' provides an excellent platform for that global conversation to take place."

The launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent took place on UN Human Rights Day observed on 10 December each year.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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