UN establishes Permanent Forum of People of African DescentWednesday, August 04, 2021
UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent.
The 10-member advisory body will work closely with the Geneva-based Human Rights Council and will serve as a consultation mechanism for people of African descent and other stakeholders. It will also contribute to the elaboration of a UN declaration, a “first step towards a legally binding instrument” on the promotion and full respect of the rights of people of African descent.
The Permanent Forum of People of African Descent will be made up of five members nominated by Governments and then elected by the General Assembly, and five additional members appointed by the Human Rights Council.
Among other mandates tasks, it will seek to advance the full political, economic and social inclusion of people of African descent in the societies in which they live – as equal citizens without discrimination, and with equal enjoyment of human rights – and contribute to the elaboration of a UN declaration on the rights of persons of African descent.
The forum will provide expert advice and recommendations to the Human Rights Council, the Assembly's main committees, and the various UN entities working on issued related to racial discrimination.
It will also collect best practices and monitor progress on the effective implementation of the International Decade's activities, gathering relevant information from governments, UN bodies, non-governmental groups and other relevant sources.
Negotiations on the modalities of the Permanent Forum have been under way since November 2014, when the 193-member UNGA officially launched the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
Through the resolution adopted on Monday — which articulates the new body's mandate for the first time —the assembly expressed alarm at the spread of racist extremist movements around the globe, and deplored the “ongoing and resurgent scourges” of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
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