(3rd meeting) 2nd Session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent - Thematic Discussion: Pan-Africanism for Dignity, Justice, and Peace
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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is organizing the second session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent from 30 May to 2 June 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The overarching theme of the second session is "Realizing the dream: A United Nations Declaration on the promotion, protection and full respect of the human rights of people of African descent".
Item 5: Thematic Discussion (continued): Pan-Africanism for Dignity, Justice, and Peace Pan-Africanism was and still is a global movement for the liberation of Africans and people of African descent from colonialism, enslavement, subjugation, and systemic and structural racism. The African Union is founded on Pan-Africanism. Its Agenda 2063—which marks its establishment in 1963 and is integral to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development —is "rooted in Pan Africanism and African Renaissance, provides a robust framework for addressing past injustices and the realisation of the 21st Century as the African Century". This includes establishing dynamic and mutually beneficial links between Africa and people of African descent in the Diaspora. This thematic panel will focus on how the work of the Permanent Forum and the forthcoming United Nations Declaration on the promotion, protection and full respect of the human rights of people of African descent can contribute to Pan-African goals and aspirations. The metamorphoses of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance will be addressed, with special note of its founding leaders' focuses on liberation and justice as well as contemporary emphases on the "importance of inclusive and participatory processes in amplifying the voices of all people of African descent from all parts of the world, that also have been subjected to structural racism and racial discrimination as reflected in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres." The Second Session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) will be part of a global consultative process with a focus on five thematic panels on global reparatory justice, Pan-Africanism, transnational migration, data-collection for recognising and addressing systemic and structural racism, and health, well-being and intergenerational trauma.