International Day for People of African Descent: The International Day for People of African Descent was celebrated for the first time on 31 August 2021.
The main aim of celebrating this day by the United Nations is to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.
The year 2020 marked the midterm of the International Decade for People of African Descent.
While some progress has been made at legislative, policy, and institutional levels, people of African descent continue to suffer intersectional and compounded forms of racial discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion.
The year 2020 also marked a turning point in the way these issues are being addressed at international and national levels. The murder of George Floyd followed galvanized people to protest racism and racial discrimination and prompted important global discussions on racial justice.
On 19 June 2020, the Human Rights Council adopted the resolution on the “Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers”.