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    UN Sets up permanent forum on racism


    UN Approves Resolution On Racism

    By Melvin Tarlue

    The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved a resolution, giving birth to a new permanent forum.

    Approved on Monday, August 2, 2021, the resolution creates a Permanent Forum of People of African Descent to provide expert advice on addressing the challenges of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.

    A 10-member advisory body has been set up in that regard.

    The body is to work closely with the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.

    Among other things, the forum is to serve as a consultation mechanism for people of African descent and other stakeholders, and contribute to the elaboration of a UN declaration — a “first step towards a legally binding instrument” on the promotion and full respect of the rights of people of African descent.

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