International Year for People of African Descent

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The United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2011 as International Year for People of African Descent (in UN resolution A/RES/64/169).[1] That year also marked the 10th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism (also known as the Durban Conference),[2] which approved a resolution stating that slavery along with the colonization that sustained it were crimes against humanity.[3]

Selected related initiatives

The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights coordinated activities surrounding the Year, and encouraged other parties, both UN agencies as well as member states, to carry out similar initiatives.[4][2] These included:[5]


  1. ^ 2011 International Year for People of African Descent", UNCHR,
  2. ^ a b "History in dialogue on memories of the slave trade and slavery", UNESCO, August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Gina Thésée and Paul R. Carr, "The 2011 International Year for People of African Descent (IYPAD): The paradox of colonized invisibility within the promise of mainstream visibility", Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012, pp. 158-180.
  4. ^ "Culture: 2011, International Year for People of African Descent", UNESCO.
  5. ^ "Calendar of events", 2011 International Year for People of African Descent, United Nations Human Rights.
  6. ^ "Small Island Developing States: Just published: Islands as Crossroads - Sustaining Cultural Diversity in Small Island Developing States", UNESCO.
  7. ^ "Equity, Justice, Development: People of African Descent in Latin America in comparative Perspective", Cartagena, Colombia, March 21 to 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Heritage Festival Brings Music, Art, Dance, Film, and Food to Nation's Capital", CapoeiraDC Press release.
  9. ^ "23 August: Teachers from three regions learn lessons about the slave trade", UNESCO.
  10. ^ "UNESCO Slave Route project Launched in Saint Kitts and Nevis", UNESCO.
  11. ^ "Return to Gorée: Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition", UNESCO.
  12. ^ "Discovering the Art of Boscoe Holder", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 15 October 2011.
  13. ^ "The Causes and Consequences of Racism", EMU Department of African American Studies.
  14. ^ International Itinerant Photographic Exhibition “WoMen in Africa – NO COLOR ONE COLOR” by Ludovico Maria Gilberti, Fuoriserrone.
  15. ^ Celebration - Africa...Mère de tous les peuples", une Célébration, 9 November 2011.

See also

External links

  • Official website
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