The term Afro-descendants, also known as the African diaspora, is the worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans
or people from Africa, living worldwide. - Casa Presidencial photo -
Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) approved by consensus a resolution to establish the Permanent Forum of Afro-descendants to improve the quality of life of Afro-descendants throughout the world.
The term Afro-descendants, also known as the African diaspora, is the worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans or people from Africa, living worldwide, according to the United Nations Humans Rights Office.
The decision came just a week after Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr gave a speech in the United Nations General Assembly, where she spoke about the urgency of creating such a forum.
The Permanent Forum for People of African Descent will be a consultative mechanism to the UN and an advisory body to the Human Rights Council. Its main functions will be to contribute to the full political, economic and social inclusion of Afro-descendants. As well as giving specialized advice and recommendations to the Human Rights Council to fight racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
The Forum will also study the possibility of preparing a United Nations declaration on the promotion, protection and full respect of the human rights of Afro-descendants. Also, the organization will provide support to programs aimed at the socio-economic development of Afro-descendant communities.
According to the government, Costa Rica has led in recent months, together with the Republic of Chad, the analysis of the Permanent Forum of Afro-descendants, a mechanism that according to Vice President Campbell “will carry the voices of the Afro-descendant people at the center of our action and reflection, while it will open new avenues for articulated work between States, the architecture of the United Nations and different organizations, for the consolidation of truly inclusive, diverse, peaceful and just societies."
In March, with a powerful message "Respect, No Racism" a campaign was launched to fight racism in the country. The movement was promoted by the Vice President, Campbell and financed by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID.
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