Program of Activities

Program of Activities

The Decades Program of Activities and Goals call for states to take concrete and practical steps through the adoption and effective implementation of national and international legal frameworks, policies and programmes to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance faced by people of African descent, taking into account the particular situation of women, girls and young males in the following areas:

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Objectives of the Decade


The Decade was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 68/237. It was a result of the Durban Review Conference (2009) and its subsequent Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. The resolution emphasized that “millions of human beings continue to be victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, including their contemporary manifestations, some of which take violent forms,” and launched the Decade as a tool for the international community to propose concrete measures to combat racism.

The Durban Review Conference (2009) evaluated progress towards the goals set by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.

The Review Conference served as a catalyst to fulfilling the promises of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action agreed at the 2001 World Conference through reinvigorated actions, initiatives and practical solutions.

The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action acknowledged that people of African descent were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism, and continue to be victims of their consequences. Furthermore, it called for states to adopt specific steps to help combat racism and xenophobia and to protect its victims.

PAD around the world 

People of African descent are a diverse group, with a multiplicity of historical and contemporary experiences. Yet whether direct descendants’ ancestors enslaved during the transatlantic slave trade, or more recent migrants from Africa and elsewhere in the Diaspora, people of African descent around the world share a common experience.  The legacies of colonialism and slavery and the persistence of structural and systemic racism mean that we are often over-represented among the most marginalised communities and face inequality in the realisation of our most basic human rights.

Despite the abolition of slavery, triumphs over segregation, and new measures for inclusion and equality, people of African descent continue to face inequality in access to education, health services, housing and employment, racism and discrimination in access to justice, racial profiling and state violence around the world. In many countries, our communities and peoples have been made ‘invisible,’ under-represented in political and public life and excluded from the official national history and cultural identity, our contributions to national and world development denied.   

The UN Decade on people of African descent is a platform and an opportunity for people of African descent to come together in our all our splendid diversity and in our shared experiences to demand recognition, justice and development.

Participating Organizations

The International Network for People of African Descent is a coalition of advocates, activists, civil and human rights and community-based organizations working to advance the goals and program of activities of the Decade for People of African Descent. The coalition is committed to using advocacy, connections, and solutions to improve the lives of people of African descent across the diaspora.