The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade of People of African Descent (IDPAD), resolution 68/237. According to the resolution, the international community and international and regional organizations should use the Decade as an opportunity to engage with people of African descent on effective measures to halt and reverse the lasting consequences of slavery, the slave trade and the transatlantic slave trade in captured African people. The IDPAD canvassed relevant United Nations decisions to addressed provision of effective remedies, recourse, redress, and compensatory and other measures at the national, regional and international levels. One of the remedies is for the full implementations of the IDPAD and Durban Declaration and Programmed of Activities (DDPA) is to “facilitate a welcome return and resettlement of the descendants of enslaved Africans.”
After a conference with one of the members (Mr. Ahmed Reid) of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGPAD) and as instructed, we submitted a resettlement plan to the WGPAD and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (November 2017). They have received and acknowledge our plan which is to gather relevant information, including an international and national legal framework for recognition, resettlement and development of the nation pursuant to the UNGA full implementation of the IDPAD, DDPA and international law. (View our Resettlement Plan on the U.N. OHCHR website – Click here)
Under the theme “Recognition, Justice and Development”, the Decade provides an operational framework to encourage the International Community to join with people of African descent and take effective measures in the implementation of the IDPAD and the DDPA. With full knowledge, I have been authorized to tender this diplomatic note and express hope that, member states of the United Nations/African Union/Caribbean Community, will consider our Assistance Agreement(s) and propose to Nations to establish diplomatic relations in support our return and resettlement to Africa.