The Caribbean and Organisation of American State African Diaspora Affairs is an International Organisation created from Article 4 of the ECOSOCC Statute with regard to all historic migrations (forced and voluntary). The African Union defines the African Diaspora as “Consisting of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union. Following AU Constitutive Act that invite and encourage the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of African continent, in the building of the African Union, the Caribbean-OAS African Diaspora Affairs is empowered to encourage African Diasporas living in the Caribbean and OAS countries. Read more
The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban in 2001, adopted the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. Paragraph 7 of the Durban Programme of Action specifically “requests the Commission on Human Rights to consider establishing a working group or other mechanism of the United Nations to study the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of African descent living in the African Diaspora and make proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of African descent”.
The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was established in 2002 by the Commission on Human Rights resolution2002/68 (as a Special Procedure). The mandate was subsequently renewed by the Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council in its resolutions (CHR 2003/30, 2008/HRC/RES/9/14,2011/HRC/RES/18/28,2014/HRC/RES/27/25 and A/HRC/RES/36/23). In 2008, Human Rights Council resolution 9/14 entrusted the Working Group:
In 2017, with resolution 36/23, the Human Rights Council further extended the mandate of the Working Group for three years.
We adopt the following implementation and follow-up mechanism/strategy:
Explore various innovative and practical sources of funding for the Diaspora Programme, to ensure its sustainability.
We further agree to adopt five legacy projects as a way of giving practical meaning to the Diaspora programme and in order to facilitate the post-Summit implementation programme. These are: a) the production of a Skills Database of African Professionals in the Diaspora; b) the establishment of the African Diaspora Volunteers Corps; c) the African Diaspora Investment Fund; d) a programme on the Development Marketplace for the Diaspora, as a framework for facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship among African and Diaspora; and e) The African Remittances Institute.
Done at Johannesburg, South Africa 25 May 2012
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