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.
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.
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.