WHEREAS, in December 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations (U.N.) officially adopted a resolution proclaiming the decade beginning in 2015 and through 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent; and
WHEREAS, in making this proclamation, the U.N. cited "the need to strengthen national, regional and international 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;" and
WHEREAS, the primary objectives of this decade are: 1) to promote respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African descent, as recognized in the U.N.'s Universal Declaration ofHuman Rights; 2) 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; and 3) to adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks according to the Durban Declaration andProgramme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of AllForms of Racial Discrimination and to ensure their full and effective implementation; and
WHEREAS, accordingly the U.N. has developed a set of policies and programs of actions at the national, regional, and international levels to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance faced by people of African descent.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the NAACP joins the United Nations in celebrating and promoting the International Decade for People of African Descent; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NAACP shall learn of and appreciate the challenges faced by people of African descent throughout the Diaspora through its workshop at its 106th NAACP Annual Convention; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that beyond exploring challenges, the NAACP workshop should imagine and delineate possibilities for collaboration among people of African descent that could strengthen communities, countries, and the world; and