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(MS. Magazine) A Global Commitment to Combatting Anti-Blackness: Why The World Needs a Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

In 2015, the international community determined that the years 2015 to 2024 would be dedicated to people of African descent under the themes “recognition, justice and development.” Yet it seems it was not until 2020, when racial justice uprisings exploded around the world after the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, that the decade gained any sense of urgency.

What is clear in this moment of reckoning, is that a mandate exists to establish a strong, independent permanent forum for people of African Descent.

Not only would the forum create cohesion amongst all of the existing U.N. instruments designed to address issues related to anti-Black racism and human rights—it would also create more space for civil society and grassroots organizations to meaningfully engage and influence policies and practices affecting people of African descent around the world.

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