On behalf of the Mission of South Africa and the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS is pleased to inform civil society representatives of the opportunity to participate in an informal civil society consultation meeting at UN Headquarters on the programme of activities for the International Decade for People of African Descent. This consultation will be hosted by the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, H.E. Ambassador Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, on Monday, 14 July from 3:00-6:00pm EST in North Lawn Building Conference Room 4.
As per General Assembly resolution 67/155 of 20 December 2012, the General Assembly decided "to launch an informal consultative preparatory process for the proclamation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, with the theme ’People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.’"
In October 2013, the President of the UN General Assembly appointed H.E. Ambassador Mamabolo as the facilitator "to lead the informal consultations with Member States, relevant United Nations programmes and organizations and civil society, with a view to proposing the arrangements for the proclamation of an International Decade for People of African Descent."
To prepare for the 14 July informal consultation meeting with civil society, please review A/HRC/26/55, the draft programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent (Report of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action on its twelfth session).
If you are unable to attend the event in New York, you may submit questions and comments for consideration by the UN Mission of South Africa using this online form. Submissions will automatically entered into a google doc spreadsheet, which is publicly published here.