The Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopted by consensus, this Thursday, a resolution presented by Costa Rica and co-sponsored by more than 50 countries from all regions of the world, to proclaim on August 31 such as the International Day of People of African Descent.
The initiative, announced by the Vice President of the Republic Epsy Campbell Barr during a national broadcast last August, aims to recognize the contributions of Afro-descendants around the world and their struggles to combat all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
In August 1920, exactly a century ago, the First International Convention of the World’s Black Peoples was held in New York City and as a result of discussions led by Marcus Garvey with thousands of delegates from different countries, the “ Declaration of the Rights of the Black Peoples of the World ».
Said declaration “was one of the most notable of the 20th century, by making explicit the rights to racial justice, equality before the law, the right to self-determination, freedom of the press, freedom of religious worship, the right to a unlimited education, as well as the right to peace, long before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “said Vice President Campbell this Thursday in a video posted on social networks.
“This initiative seeks to do justice to the struggles, hopes and resistance of Afro-descendant people around the world, bringing to light this milestone in a context of growing mobilization for racial justice, equality and non-discrimination,” added Campbell.
The Presidential Commissioner for Afro-descendant Affairs, Enrique Joseph, highlighted that the adoption of this resolution “will contribute to honoring and preserving historical memory, promoting greater knowledge and respect for human diversity.”
In his speech to the Third Committee, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, Rodrigo Alberto Carazo, thanked the countries for their active involvement and support during the negotiation process.
In addition, he highlighted the robustness of the content of the resolution that reaffirms the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; it is based on the Durban Declaration and Program of Action, as well as the International Decade for People of African Descent.
“This resolution recognizes the important contribution of Afro-descendant women and girls to the development of societies; and it reminds us that all human beings, without distinction of any kind, are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and have the ability to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of society ”, he said.