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Published on Oct 24, 2016
The years 2015-2024 have been designated by the United Nations as International Decade for People of African Descent. Around 200 million people in the Americas identify themselves as being of African descent. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent. People like Ervin Simmons in the United States, Sandra dos Santos in Brazil, and Imran in India are all descendants of African slaves. These descendants often constitute some of the poorest and most marginalized groups, with limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security. The International Decade aims to celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent worldwide, advance social justice and inclusion policies, eradicate racism and intolerance, promote human rights, and assist in creating better, more prosperous communities, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals spearheaded by the United Nations.