The International Decade for People of African Descent

Resolution number
  1. In December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 68/237, which proclaimed 2015 to 2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent, with the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”;
  2. The specific objectives for the International Decade are:
    • To strengthen national, regional and international action and cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society;
    • To promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies;
    • To adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks in accordance with the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and to ensure their full and effective implementation.


Therefore be it resolved

that the CCR:

  1. Recognizes the efforts made by Canada in support of the International Decade’s objectives and the fact that there is a long way to fully achieve these objectives;
  2. Calls on the Government of Canada to live up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment regarding the International Decade that Canada will take “a whole-of-government approach that builds upon the framework of the Decade, by developing policies and projects that tackle anti-Black racism, discrimination, and bias in public and private institutions.”;
  3. Calls on IRCC to create a permanent actionable policy to further the objectives of the International Decade for People of African Descent.


Working Group
Overseas Protection and Resettlement