Minister Stanton hosts Public and Stakeholder Consultation for the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)

3 April 2019

Mr David Stanton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, today hosted a Public and Stakeholder Consultation on the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, in the Department of Justice and Equality. Approximately 100 stakeholders were in attendance, many of whom represent African Community organisations.

Opening the Consultation, Minister Stanton said:

“Ireland has been home to people of African descent for many years. The Decade invites us to celebrate our connections throughout history and today. Integrating our diverse histories and cultures can support the health and wellbeing of our communities, and enable us to build new and inclusive shared narratives and values.”

The purpose of the event was to involve stakeholders in the design of a programme of action in Ireland to mark the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). Combatting racial discrimination is a central objective of the Decade. Identifying disadvantage and designing targeted initiatives to tackle it are important elements of the Government’s overall approach to equality and inclusion.

The Minister added:

“We are hoping for a rich and creative process that will help to design a celebration of the Decade in Ireland that is true to its global themes of Recognition, Justice and Development, but is also very personal to Ireland and to the experience of living in Ireland as a Person of African Descent. It is through interaction that we see and feel the benefits of diversity. Integrated communities are communities in which everyone enjoys the right both to participate and to be themselves.”

Notes for editors

The International Decade for People of African Descent

The Decade is a UN initiative that grew from the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action from the 2001 World Conference Against Racism. The Decade, which was the subject of a 2013 UN resolution, runs from 2015 to 2024. Its three inter-dependent themes are Recognition, Justice and Development. States are called upon to mark the Decade through adoption of a Programme of Action based on these themes.

The objectives of the Decade are as follows:

• Promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African Descent, as recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

• Promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies;

• Adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks according to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and to ensure their full and effective implementation;

• Prioritise measures that eliminate discrimination against women and girls in accordance with the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

The Migrant Integration Strategy (2017-2020)

The Government approach to migrant integration is framed within a comprehensive Migrant Integration Strategy covering the four-year period 2017 to 2020. This Strategy contains 76 specific actions for Government Departments, local authorities, and other public bodies across a range of public policy and service provision areas including: Promoting Intercultural Awareness and Combating Racism and Xenophobia; Education; Access to Public Services and Social Inclusion; Employment and Pathways to work; Active Citizenship.

Many actions involve the participation of non-Government actors, including community and voluntary sector organisations, local communities, the business sector, and sporting and arts organisations.




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Updated: 3 April 2019

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