Joint UN Ghana Statement on International Day for People of African Descent – 2022
31 August 2022
Today marks the International Day for People of African Descent, celebrated for the first time on 31 August 2021. “Through this Observance the United Nations aims to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.”
In a statement issued today, the UN in Ghana commends Ghana for the various initiatives undertaken to advance national and global commitment towards building a stronger future for Africa and the diaspora.
As we celebrate the diverse heritage and culture of people of African descent and their enormous contribution to our societies throughout history, the UN Secretary-General, in his message to mark the Day, notes that “millions of people of African descent [around the world] are still subject to racism and deeply entrenched and systemic racial discrimination.” This must stop. The UN Secretary-General therefore calls for the full respect of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African Descent. Such violation of the rights of people of African descent must be redressed and formal apologies and reparations for the egregious wrongs of slavery and colonialism must be demanded.
In December, the Permanent Forum of People of African Descent, whose establishment is an important achievement of the International Decade for People of African Descent, will hold its first session. The United Nations Secretary-General urges all stakeholders, including people, communities and organizations of African descent, to participate and drive the work of the Forum forward. Read more.