As part of the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD). A local academic has been invited to the United Nations Assembly in Geneva. To address the importance of community grassroots activism in seeking social justice. The event took place on 23-24 November 2017 Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
As part of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD). Dr Ornette D Clennon who co-leads the Critical Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster at Manchester Metropolitan University has been invited to speak at the United Nations’. The Regional meeting for Europe, Central Asia and North America.
Organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The meeting will provide an opportunity to reflect on ways that governments from Europe, Central Asia and North America in partnership with equality bodies, national human rights institutions and civil society, might pursue the integration of the provisions of IDPAD’s programmes of activities. In their policies; programmes and strategies that are tailored for people of African descent.
Dr Ornette D Clennon, said “It is really important that we equip our grassroots community organisations with the monitoring tools that can provide solid evidence of how their work advances the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for social justice”.
Dr Clennon feels that reporting mechanisms of this kind will give authorities such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights better opportunities to monitor how the United Kingdom is managing the Human Rights of its BAME citizens, which is very important in light of the recent Race Disparity Audit.
This is the second regional meeting of five that is part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade for People of African Descent.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organising these meetings to focus on trends, priorities and challenges at the national and regional levels to effectively implement the Decade’s Programme of Activities. The meetings are also an occasion to exchange good practices.