International Year for People of African Descent
On 18 December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year beginning on 1 January 2011 the International Year for People of African Descent (A/RES/64/169).
The Year aims at strengthening national actions and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent in relation to their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture.
The months of March and April 2011 were significant for the population of African descent in Brazil. In the international year focused at these population, UNESCO in Brazil held a series of regional meetings and discussions to launch the first edition in Portuguese of UNESCO’s General History of Africa Collection (GHA), which was also delivered to 8000 public libraries in the country. Before, in December 2010, the collection became available online to the public, with support and funding from the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the technical coordination of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). In addition to discussions and round tables, cultural programming, activities related to African-Brazilian tradition and integration with social movements were also part of the events.