UNESCO launched from 20 to 22 May 2013, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the development of the ninth volume of the General History of Africa. The meeting was attended by some fifty experts from Africa and its diasporas (Americas, Asia, Europe, Indian Ocean).
The preparation and publication of a ninth volume of the GHA follows the decision EX.CL/520 (XV) called upon the African Union Member States to assist in the drafting of the “Ninth volume of the GHA covering the recent history since the decolonisation, the end of Apartheid and the place of Africa in the world”.
It will consider methodological and theoretical questions, new challenges to meet the demands of the people and the needs of youth in Africa and its diasporas. In particular, the objectives of the Ninth Volume are as follows:
- Update the knowledge contained in the GHA, in light of the latest development in scientific research in different areas, and of the political, cultural, socioeconomic and ecological changes that occurred in the continent since the publication of the last volume of the collection;
- Analyze the different African Diasporas and their diverse contributions to the construction of modern societies and to the emancipation and development of the continent;
- Identify and analyze the new challenges faced by Africa including questions of African unity, Pan Africanism, regional integration, education and culture, youth, gender issues, health, cultural diversity, creativity, arts, culture and development, intercultural dialogue within Africa, peace and environment, climate change, urbanization, scientific research and innovation, health care, sustainable development, good governance, South- South cooperation, relationship with African Diaspora etc.
The Ninth volume attempts to make a significant contribution to the International Decade for People of African Descent which will be proclaimed by the UN General Assembly end 2013. Furthermore, changes that occurred after the Cold War and Apartheid era, but also important challenges taking into account international landmark events have to be analyzed from the African perspective. With regard to the African Diaspora, the new findings concerning the African presence in different parts of the world in ancient time, the deportation of Africans during the slave trade and the migration of Africans during the colonization and after the independence will be taken into account.