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Marking the first-ever International Day for People of African Descent, Secretary-General António Guterre said that this day is a celebration of the enormous contributions of people of African descent to every field of human endeavour, said a UN Spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 31 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

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31 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Today is the first International Day for People of African Descent. In his message, the Secretary-General said that this day is a celebration of the enormous contributions of people of African descent to every field of human endeavour. He added that it is a long‑overdue recognition of the profound injustices and systemic discrimination that people of African descent have endured for centuries, and continue to confront today. Twenty years after the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, the Secretary-General said that we are experiencing unprecedented momentum towards ending the global scourge of racism. We must not squander this opportunity. This international day is an urgent call to action for everyone, everywhere, to commit to rooting out the evil of racism. The full message is online.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room

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Marking the first-ever International Day for People of African Descent, Secretary-General António Guterre said that this day is a celebration of the enormous contributions of people of African descent to every field of human endeavour, said a UN Spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters today (31 Aug) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric read a message from the Secretary-General, saying that the International Day is a “long‑overdue recognition of the profound injustices and systemic discrimination that people of African descent have endured for centuries, and continue to confront today.”

Twenty years after the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, the Secretary-General said that “we are experiencing unprecedented momentum towards ending the global scourge of racism. We must not squander this opportunity.”

Guterres also said that this international day is an “urgent call to action for everyone, everywhere, to commit to rooting out the evil of racism. The full message is online.”

The International Decade aims to celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent worldwide, advance social justice and inclusion policies, eradicate racism and intolerance, promote human rights, and assist in creating better, more prosperous communities, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals spearheaded by the United Nations.
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