Regional meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean (Brasilia, Brazil, 3-4 December 2015)

[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.

Cultural presentation at the opening of the event.
Cultural presentation at the opening of the event.
Photo: Unic Rio / Gustavo Barreto

The first regional meeting was held for the Latin American and Caribbean region. The discussion was structured under the themes of the Decade: recognition, justice and development. The meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from the region 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.

At the closing of the meeting, the government delegates adopted a declaration which recalled the Programme of Activities of the Decade and reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action at the national, regional and global levels.

Participants: The meeting brought 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 were invited to attend as observers. Experts on the topics were also invited to participate in the meeting.