Portrait photo of UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Wherever we see racism, we must condemn it without reservation, without hesitation, without qualification.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres


High-Level Meeting

"Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent"

Date: 22 September 2021, Second day of the GA-76th general debate
Location: General Assembly Hall, United Nations headquarters, New York

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), the General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting, at the level of Heads of States and Governments, on the theme “Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent.”

The High-Level Event includes

  • an opening plenary meeting
  • two consecutive round tables
  • a closing plenary meeting

Durban+20: The fight for racial justice, past and future

The strong foundation laid in the DDPA


In line with operative paragraph 29 of A/RES/75/237, the President of the General Assembly decided to appoint H.E. Mr. Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal and H.E. Ms. Mathu Theda Joyini, Permanent Representative of South Africa to conduct intergovernmental consultations on the political declaration, and carry out consultations on the modalities of the high-level meeting.


General Assembly in its resolution 75/237 has decided, that the meeting will adopt a short and concise political declaration aimed at mobilizing political will for the full and effective implementation of the DDPA and its follow-up processes.

Invitation to Organize and Support

The General Assembly also invites Member States, United Nations entities, international and regional organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to organize and support various high-visibility initiatives, aimed at effectively increasing awareness at all levels, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the DDPA.