Justina Mutale was one of the nominees from around the world who were nominated to represent the Civil Society during the launch of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent that took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10th December 2014.
Ms Mutale who is African Woman of the Year and Ambassador for Peace was recommended by the Universal Peace Federation, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Dr. Barryl A. Biekman from the Netherlands delivered the Speech on behalf of the Civil Society.
The United Nations General Assembly, by its resolution 68/237 of 23 December 2013, proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent commencing 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024, with the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”.
The main objective of the International Decade is to promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The decade will provide an opportunity to recognize the significant contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote their full inclusion and to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
The Decade shall focus on the following objectives:
- To strengthen national, regional and international action and cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society;
- To promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies;
- To adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks in accordance with the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination, and to ensure their full and effective implementation.
The International Decade will enable the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.
Justina Mutale’s nomination video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q9siWCl6BU&feature=youtu.be