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This guide provides links to the most relevant UN documents (resolutions, reports, declarations, treaties) on people of African descent, a group of specific interest to the United Nations because of the discrimination it continues to suffer even after the end of the historic slave trade.
It also highlights the collections of the UNOG Library on the topic - both print and online resources (books, articles, journals, and databases). In addition, key websites have been selected by your UNOG librarians to help you to keep up-to-date on this subject.
UNOG Library Events
On 23 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly, by its resolution 68/237, proclaimed an International Decade for People of African Descent starting on 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 december 2024, to be officially launched after the general debate of its sixty-ninth session. To support the proposal for the Decade, the UNOG Library organized a special exhibition entitled "People of African descent: recognition, justice and development. A journey through the UNOG Library collection" in its cyberspace (B Building, Door 20, 1st floor). The exhibition ran from August 2013 to May 2014.
The exhibition catalogue and a special bibliography on people of African descent prepared by the Library are available here below:
Collective Volume on Slave Trades: Slavery and Abolitions: multiple perspectives
As part of the preparation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the UNESCO International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route is developing a collective volume on emerging issues on Slave Trade, Slavery and Abolitions. The volume wiil include 22 articles by leading specialists, to give a comprehensive overview of scientific knowledge related to the topic. Articles will gradually be published online on the UNESCO website.
General Assembly endorses construction of permanent memorial at Headquarters to honour slave trade victims -
The winning project: "The Ark of Return", by architect Rodney Leon
UN Slavery Memorial Facebook page