Regional meeting for Europe, Central Asia and North America (Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 23-24 November 2017)

[Organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights]

As part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organizing five regional meetings. Such meetings 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.

This second regional meeting will provide an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from Europe, Central Asia and North America in partnership with equality bodies, national human rights institutions, civil society, development agencies and regional organizations, may pursue to integrate the provisions of the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent.

Participants: The meeting will bring together Member States, United Nations specialized agencies and bodies, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society representatives, particularly people of African descent from the region. Other Member States of the United Nations will be invited to attend as observers. Experts on the topics will be also invited to participate in the meeting.


Support for civil society to attend the Regional Meeting: The deadline for applications has been extended to 8 October 2017.

The draft agenda and programme modalities will be posted in due course on this page. The final report of the meeting will be issued as a United Nations document in all official languages.