(Part 2) Midterm Review of the International Decade for People of African Descent, General Assembly, Informal meeting, 75th session

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22-Jul-2021 01:51:13
Interactive Panel III - Development and Multiple Discrimination.

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The International Decade for People of African Descent under the theme “People of African descent:recognition, justice and development”, was established through the adoption of UN General Assembly resolution 68/237.

The resolution established the following specific objectives for the International Decade:
• To strengthen national, regional and international action and cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society;
• To promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies;
• To adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks in accordance with the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and to ensure their full and effective implementation.

The Secretary-General’s latest report (A/75/363) on this subject provides that “in many parts of the world, children and young people of African descent do not fully enjoy their human rights” and that that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities and is likely to further reinforce social exclusion. This crisis has highlighted the deep socio-economic disparities and marginalization of racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent. The urgent need for ensuring Afro-descendants are adequately represented in decision and policy making processes and spaces in order to assure their needs and their rights are reflected and translated into resourced and actionable policies and programs was the basis for the launch of the Decade, and this urgency persists today. This Informal meeting, as requested by the General Assembly in resolution 69/16, will present an opportunity for Member States, civil society representatives, and stakeholders from the private sector, academia, and the media to take stock of the progress made and decide on further actions required for the International Decade for People of African Descent.

Interactive Panel I – Recognition: Progress and Steps Forward
In this moderated discussion, panelists will be invited to share their lessons learned from implementing: the right to equality and non-discrimination; education on equality and awarenessraising; information-gathering; participation and inclusion. In addition, discussants will be asked to share best practices regarding promoting respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of
people of African descent to the development of societies.

Interactive Panel II – Justice in the International Decade for People of African Descent
This interactive dialogue will review progress made in the International Decade for People of African Descent thus far, with regard to access to justice and special measures, and consider necessary steps for progress for the remainder of the Decade.
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