U.N. International Year for People of African Descent

With increasing insistence our readers have reminded us of the ever more urgent interest on the topic of Black Ethnicity especially in regions such as our Central and South America and the Caribbean Basin which, recognize it or not, the United States forms a part of.  In fact, there is a great deal of interest on this subject coming from not only Black people but from all quarters and all races that we have had to take full notice.

As we’ve said before, in Panama, the month of May was declared Etnia Negra month (Black Ethnicity) and May 30th its special day of observance.  However, on December 18, 2009 the United Nations declared that beginning in January of 2011 the world would observe the International Year for People of African Descent.

Given the enormous popularity of the subject and the increasing appeal from all over the world, we’ve decided to post the UNESCO’s resolution today and some of their links for further reference.

“On 18 December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year beginning on 1 January 2011 the International Year for People of African Descent (A/RES/64/169).

The Year aims at strengthening national actions and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent in relation to their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture.

The General Assembly encourages Member States, the specialized agencies of the United Nations system, within their respective mandates and existing resources, and civil society to make preparations for and identify possible initiatives that can contribute to the success of the Year.

This International Year is coordinated by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights.”

A special web site has been set up by the UNESCO and you may view it here.  It outlines the scope and aims of the UNESCO in making an attempt to take a more comprehensive step in righting some grievous wrongs hidden, until now, in the annals of our collective history.  It also aims at celebrating the cultural and racial diversity inherent in the world’s African population and how it has enriched us all.  Although you might also want to take a look at their video here, frankly it was a big disappointment and might point to the increasing disillusionment with the U.N.’s wishy-washy stance on the theme of racial and cultural genocide in our war ridden world today.

We hope we’ve opened up more topics of conversation to weave into our local Black Ethnicity celebrations here in Panama.

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