2015-2024 declared the International Decade for People of African Descent in New Brunswick

2015-2024 declared the International Decade for People of African Descent in New Brunswick

In 2015, the United Nations declared the period between 2015 and 2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent in New Brunswick. This declaration was made with the intention of highlighting the challenges and needs of persons of African descent in the province, and to promote recognition, justice, and development.

The International Decade for People of African Descent seeks to facilitate the implementation of international human rights standards and foster the protection of their civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights. It also aims to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, and to encourage the recognition and positive contributions of persons of African descent in the province.

In New Brunswick, persons of African descent are faced with a number of socioeconomic challenges, including higher unemployment rates and lower wages compared to other ethnicities, higher rates of poverty, poorer health outcomes, and lower educational attainment. This International Decade is an opportunity for the province to take steps to address these disparities and ensure that all persons of African descent are able to realize their full potential.

The province has taken a number of measures to support this initiative, including the establishment of a dedicated diversity and inclusion office and the implementation of a provincial Anti-Racism Action Plan. Additionally, the province has committed to improving access to education and employment opportunities, as well as increasing funding for organizations that support the needs of persons of African descent.

The International Decade for People of African Descent provides an opportunity for the province of New Brunswick to take action to ensure that all persons of African descent in the province are able to realize their full potential. Through the implementation of the Anti-Racism Action Plan, the establishment of a dedicated diversity and inclusion office, and increased funding for organizations that support persons of African descent, the province is taking steps to combat racism, promote recognition, and foster the protection of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.