These commitments were made in the Declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the International Conference on Population and Development, the Durban Declaration and Program of Action, the Montevideo Consensus, the San Jose Declaration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its organizers noted.
A short time ago, they will hold the inaugural forum to celebrate the International Day of People of African Descent, under the theme of accelerating the implementation of international commitments to advance the rights of this population for recognition, justice and development.
Introductory speeches will be from the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell, and the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Harold Robinson, and participating Dorothy Davis, the Black Congress Institute. Representative of the Global African Diaspora Initiative to the United Nations.
The celebration of the first International Day of People of African Descent, which will take place in a bilateral – face-to-face / virtual – manner – began last night in Costa Rica with a political-cultural activity at the National Theater of the capital.
The observance of this day seeks for the first time to promote respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms, to contribute to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against people of African descent and to promote the diversity of heritage and extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora.
President Carlos Alvarado, Campbell and Robinson attended the opening ceremony of the celebration, which will continue until next Saturday in San Jose and Cahuita (Limon province).
The Costa Rican president described the value that the Afro-descendant culture has placed on the nation as immeasurable, which is why it is just and necessary to recognize the tireless efforts of these women and men who have defied history, laws and injustice, to obtain their rights. Freedom first, and second, because their rights were recognized as the rights of all.
Alvarado emphasized our commitment to repaying this historic debt, but not only during the celebration, but by actions beyond the celebrations.
During the cultural evening they presented the song I am from a land, glorifying people of African descent in all its diversity.
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