01.12.2011 - Culture Sector

High Level Ibero-American Summit to celebrate the International Year for People of African Descent

The Heads of State and Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil, of the Republic of Cape Verde, of the Republic of Guinea, of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, the Vice-President of the Republic of Colombia, the Minister of Culture of Angola, the Minister of Culture, Literacy, Handicrafts and Tourism of the Republic of Benin, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of de Cuba and the Minister of Culture the Republic of Peru met in Salvador/Bahia, Brazil, on November 19, 2011, to celebrate the International Year for People of African Descent, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 64/169 of December 18, 2009.

Convened by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Government of the State of Bahia, and the Ibero-American General Secretariat, with the support of the United Nations, the primary objectives of the Summit were to give visibility to the social, cultural, political, and economic contributions of people of African descent to Latin America and the Caribbean to raise the awareness of the vulnerable situation in which most of this population live and to recommend national, regional, and international strategies to promote the full inclusion of people of African descent and overcome racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.




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