Permanent Forum on People of African Descent to hold its third session (16-19 April)


The Permanent Forum on People of African Descent will hold its annual session from 16 to 19 April 2024 in room XX (room 20) at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Almost 700 participants are expected at this third session, which is organized under the theme: “The Second International Decade for People of African Descent: Addressing Systemic Racism, Reparatory Justice and Sustainable Development”.

With the first International Decade ending in 2024, the Permanent Forum, as a monitoring and reviewing body for the effective implementation of the programme of activities for the International Decade, is calling this initiative to be renewed for a second ten-year period.

The session opens on Tuesday 16 April (10:00) with a cultural performance, followed by the delivery of statements by high-level dignitaries. A general debate by States, civil society, and others will take place during the rest of the day.

Thematic discussions start on Wednesday 17 April, with the following topics to be explored:

In addition to the plenary, two special events will take place in the first and second day of the session.

Several UN agencies, States and many civil society organizations are also organizing side events to the plenary.

The full list of all official meetings, special events, and side events of this third session is available at

On the last day of the session (19 April), the members of the Permanent Forum will present their preliminary conclusions and recommendations, based on the discussions held.

The report of the third session of the Permanent Forum will be presented to the 57th session of the UN Human Rights Council (9 September-9 October 2024) and the 79th session of the UN General Assembly (2024-2025) at the end of this year.

In August 2021, the General Assembly adopted resolution 75/314 establishing the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent as “a consultative mechanism for people of African descent and other relevant stakeholders” and “as a platform for improving the safety and quality of life and livelihoods of people of African descent.” The Permanent Forum also operates as an advisory body to the UN Human Rights Council, in line with the programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent and in coordination with existing UN mechanisms promoting action to combat racism against people of African descent.

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