22.08.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Message on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August 2012

The history of the slave trade and its abolition has shaped the world in which we live. We are all heirs to this past, which has transformed the world’s map, its laws, cultures and social relations, even giving rise to new food habits – especially through the sugar trade. Most of all, this history has had lasting effects on relations among peoples. UNESCO attaches the utmost importance to the celebration of International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Transmitting this history is central to the struggle against racism, for the observance of human rights and for the building of peace.




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