SEE US, HEAR US, COUNT US IN: Voices from the Decade for People of African Descent
An event co-organized by the United Nations Department of Global Communications, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), marks the midterm review of the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2014-2025), which advocates for justice, recognition and development to ensure people of African descent can exercise their full human rights.
The agenda will include musical performances, a mini-documentary produced in Latin America, conversations with experts and inspiring voices from young people of African descent, who will share their testimonies, hopes and dreams through dance, poetry, singing, rap, spoken word and other creative ways.
Speakers will include Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA; Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; H.E. Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU); Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of West indies; and Ms. Michaela Moua, EU Anti-Racism Coordinator.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, which this year will focus on racism and discrimination faced by people of African descent. On 18 July 2021 we celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday, as Nelson Mandela International Day. Both are important markers in the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.
Together, we can achieve recognition, justice and development for people of African Descent.