This event is not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.

Organised by Harrow BHM Group/Akoben Awards/BTWSC/African Histories Revisited/Harrow Mencap

Date and Time: Mondays, 20 March - 28 August 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Harrow Mencap, 1st Floor, 3 Jardine House, Harrow Business Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow, London HA1 3EX, United Kingdom

What: The sessions are presented by Akoben Awards in association with BTWSC/African Histories Revisited and Harrow Mencap, and facilitated/curated by music industry and history consultant Kwaku. The sessions are free, intergenerational and take place on occasional Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The 2017 Programme includes:

20 March 2017 - Changing the Narrative – African Identity through the Media Lens (Ade Banjoko) A presentation and discussion exploring the representation of African identity in the media today and its impact on African youth; a look at the issue and some concrete ways in which to change the narrative. Presented by the London Parents Action and Resource Centre (PARC).

3 April 2017 - Highlighting the Liberation Works of Ras Seymour McLean (Shango Baku) Bro Shango adds to and leads the post-screening of the work Ras Seymour as an Ethiopia-facing Rastafari in liberating books looted from Ethiopia.

17 April 2017 - Highlighting African History Across London (Avril Nanton) Avril will talk about some of the statues and African representations found along her walks through London.

8 May 2017 - African British Civil Rights (Tony Walker) The bias in schools and the media give the impression that racism and civil rights was an American issue and totally ignores the struggles African British people. This presentation will provide the names and achievements of those African people born or resident here who fought against British racism.

15 May 2017 - Living History with Stella Dadzie: A Lifetime in the Womanist Struggle. A rare opportunity to hear London-born educationalist, writer, historian, gender and race equality activist Stella Dadzie tell her been-there-done-that life story that goes beyond the organization she co-founded in 1978, Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent, or books, such as the Heart Of The Race: Black Women's Lives In Britain.

22 May 2017 - Reframing Marcus Garvey in History (Everol Wilson) This is an opportunity to find a bit more about Garvey beyond the usual narrative. Even if you know about Garvey, you are bound to learn a thing or two you never knew, such as his dealings with the Versailles Peace Conference.

29 May 2017 - Highlighting African Herstory (Nana Asante) In this postponed marking of International Women's History Month, Nana highlights women of African heritage worthy of being lauded.

21 August 2017 - Remembering Aug. 23: International Day of African Resistance against Enslavement (Kwaku) We’ll mark International Day of African Resistance against Enslavement with a round table meeting focused what we as individuals and collectively can do about the UN International Decade For People Of African Descent initiative.

28 August 2017 - Remembering Aug. 31: African History Reflection Day (Kwaku) We’ll mark the 4th African History Reflection Day by focusing on African History Month UK @ 30.

Admission: Free - To register, please visit

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"Celebrating and Honouring the African and Indigenous history of El Salvador." 

Dates: 26-27 August 2017

Venue: Zacatecoluca and Ereguayquin, El Salvador

Location: Plaza José Simeón Cañas, Zacatecoluca, La Paz, El Salvador

Supported by the Mayor’s Office of Zacatecoluca, the El Salvador Secretaria de la Cultura de la Presidencia, Humanitas Afrika, AFROES (El Comité de Afrodescendiente de El Salvador), and others.

This event is not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.

Inaugural event organized by Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD).

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This event is not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.

This summit aims to assess the current status of people of African descent and set goals for 2024. 
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This event is not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.

The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (BSMAA) is holding its annual Nelson “Madiba” Mandela Humanitarian Award Presentation each October, honouring individuals who embody the ideals and principles of Nelson Mandela.

This year's award ceremony is held under the theme "Education: A Forceful Weapon Empowering The World's Children."

Sunday, 15 October 2017
3:00-5:30 pm
Brooklyn, New York

Venue and ticket information to be announced.

Organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Date and venue: 3 November to 1 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland


The Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides the participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent. The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries. For more information, visit

Organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Date and venue: 20 November to 8 December 2017, Ground Floor, Conference room, Palais Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland


The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State parties. The Committee will examine the reports of the following eight States parties during its 94th session: Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia and Slovakia. For more information, visit

Organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Date and venue: 20 to 24 November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland


The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was established on 25 April 2002 by the then Commission on Human Rights, following the World Conference against Racism held in Durban in 2001. It is composed of five independent experts. For more information, visit

Organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Date and venue: The meeting will be held in Room XIX Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 23 to 24 November 2017

Background and purpose of the meeting: The International Decade for People of African Descent adopted by the General Assembly (2015 – 2024) is an opportunity to analyze and improve the human rights situation and well-being of one of the population groups most affected by racism and discrimination. By combating racial discrimination, the Decade will also strengthen democracy, the rule of law and equality in societies. In 2014, by its resolution 69/16, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of Activities, identifying the objectives and outlining specific actions to be taken within the three themes of the International Decade: recognition, justice and development.

As part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will organize five regional meetings. Such meetings will focus on trends, priorities and obstacles at the national and regional levels to effectively implement the Programme of Activities. The meetings will be also an occasion to exchange good practices. The first meeting for the Latin American and Caribbean region was held in Brasilia on 3-4 December 2015.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from the regions 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 would 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 would be invited to attend as observers. Experts on the topics will be also invited to participate in the meeting.

Documentation and Working languages: The final report of the meeting will be issued as a United Nations document in all official languages.

Further information concerning accreditation, draft agenda and programme modalities will be posted in due course on this page.