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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:
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87th session of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination concludes this week (03 Aug 2015 - 28 Aug 2015, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room No.VII)
23 August 2015: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition: Teaching history of slave trade can reinforce rights of all peoples, UN declares on Day of Remembrance
In support of of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, Routledge/Taylor and Francis publishing group offers free access to a selection of academic articles on Ethnicity & Racial Discrimination
Charleston shooting: UN experts deplore killings of African Americans and urge measures against racist crimes
Statement to the media by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, on the conclusion of its official visit to Italy, 1-5 June 2015