By BBN Staff: The United Nations has agreed to designate August 31 as “International Day for People of African Descent ,” following an official request by Costa Rica.
According to The Costa Rica News, the UN General assembly adopted Costa Rica’s acclamation on Wednesday, December 16. The acclamation was co-sponsored by 52 other countries, including Belize.
Costa Rica’s Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr noted that the first International Convention of the Black Peoples of the World was held in New York back in 1920. Following the discussion which was lead by Marcus Garvey, thousands of delegates from different countries adopted that the “Declaration of the Rights of Black Peoples of the World.”
Campbell said that the declaration “was one of the most notable of the 20th century, by making explicit the rights to racial justice, equality before the law, the right to self-determination, freedom of the press, freedom of religious worship, the right to unlimited education, as well as the right to peace, long before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Countries that co-sponsored the acclamation included Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Bahamas, Belize, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gambia, Gabon, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mali, Malta, Mexico , Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Russia, Saint Lucia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, East Timor, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine and Venezuela.