Launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS conducted an open process to obtain nominations for a civil society speaker in the UN event to officially launch the International Decade for People of African Descent, which took place at UN Headquarters on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Dr. Barryl A. Biekman, a Surinamese-born African Diaspora organizer, served as the civil society speaker in the special event. Her statement received a standing ovation in the Trusteeship Council. This article reflects on the key presentations made during the event and presents the overall objectives of the International Decade for People of African Descent.