US Civil Society Working Group for the Decade on People of African Descent

About the International Decade for People of African Descent

The UN General Assembly proclaimed that the years 2015-2024 will be observed as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237). The resolution cites the need for full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights for people African Descent. The Decade provides an opportunity for civil society, member states and the United Nations to unite to work towards the Decade’s goals of recognition, justice and development. 

About the US Civil Society Working Group for the Decade on People of African Descent

The US Civil Society Working Group for the Decade on People of African Descent is an initiative of the USHRN that brings together human rights defenders to uplift the International Decade for People of African Descent.  In September 2016, USHRN coordinated a meeting in Washington DC to assemble the working group to devise effective measures that can be implemented to ensure that the Decade’s goals are achieved. Since then the group has engaged in monthly calls to create plans for US involvement in the Decade. 

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For more information contact Catherine Labiran clabiran@ushrnetwork.org.

Calendar Dates for the IDPAD

October 2018: UN Forum on People of African Descent (Geneva, Switzerland). 

March 19-23 2018: Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent 22nd Session. 

March 8-11 2018: International Decade for People of African Descent Summit (Georgetown, Guyana). Click here for more information and to register.

December 7 2017: Black Decade Day at Advancing Human Rights 2017 (Atlanta, Georgia). Click here for more information and to register.

November 23-24 2017: Regional Meeting for Europe, Central Asia and North America (Geneva, Switzerland). Click here for more information. 

US Civil Society Working Group for the Decade on People of African Descent Members

Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Catherine Labiran, US Human Rights Network
Ejim Dike, US Human Rights Network
Ahmed Reid, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
Mireille Fanon-Mendes France, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
June Zeitlin, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Sakira Cook, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Tyler Lewis, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Opal Tometi, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
LaTosha Brown, Neighborhood Funders Group
Makani Themba, Higher Ground Change Strategies
Lisa Crooms-Robinson, Howard Law School
Keith Jennings, African American Human Rights Foundation
Sevonna Brown, Black Women’s Blueprint
Justin Hansford, Howard University School of Law

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