ACP YPN – #FightRacism on #RacialDiscriminationDay 21/03

On 19-20 March 2016, ACP YPN attended the International Civil Society Roundtable on Durban World Conference Against Racism’s (WCAR) 15th anniversary in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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It was a unique occasion to learn about the UN’s resolution on the International Decade of People of African Descent and the aims to set-up a coalition for monitoring and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action (DDPA).

ACP YPN met with Dr. Doudou Diene – UN Special Rapporteur racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and Former Director UNESCO Slave Route project. Dr. Diene identified three important points for consideration: (i) Who are Afro-descendants?; (ii) Are they linked to the slave trade?; (iii) What is their place in societies today? In response to these three questions, Dr. Diene highlighted the need to (i) de-racialise colour; (ii) get a universal perspective by not reducing African history to the slave trade; (iii) transform from victims to agents of change.

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On 21st March, the International Elimination of Racism Day, and in the spirit of its ACP YPN’s mission and goals, ACP YPN continues to advocate for more inclusive dialogue as a means to foster more inclusive policies throughout the entirety of its activities this day and every day.

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