UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on establishing a UN permanent forum on people of African descent at the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK and other EU Member States agreed, in principle, to the creation of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent. The Permanent Forum was established during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly by resolution 73/262. However, the UK and other EU Member States were unable to support this resolution. This was because of concerns around the specific modalities for its establishment, and that risk that the Permanent Forum could divert resources away from the full and effective implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which should remain the basis of all efforts to prevent, combat and eradicate racism.

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