Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

About the mandate

The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban in 2001, adopted the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. It specifically requested the Commission on Human Rights to

  • consider establishing a working group or other mechanism of the United Nations to study the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of African descent living in the African Diaspora, and
  • make proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of African descent.

The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was established in 2002 by the Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/68 (as a Special Procedure). The mandate was subsequently renewed by the Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council in its resolutions (CHR 2003/30, 2008/HRC/RES/9/14, 2011/HRC/RES/18/28, 2014/HRC/RES/27/25, A/HRC/RES/36/23 and A/HRC/RES/45/24).

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Working Group members

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Key documents

WGEPAD Operational Guidelines on inclusion of people of African descent in the 2030 Agenda

Brochure on the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
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Latest thematic reports

COVID-19, systemic racism and global protests: The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent analyses the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic, police impunity and global protest, and makes recommendations thereon. This report was presented to the 45th session of the Human Rights Council (September 2020). View report page | View document A/HRC/45/44

Data for Racial Justice: The Working Group takes a comprehensive look at the varied intersections of big data and racial justice (and injustice) and makes recommendations. The report was presented to the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council (September 2019). View report page | View document A/HRC/42/59

The role of negative racial stereotypes of people of African descent in perpetuating racial injustice: The Working Group reviews the historical use and ongoing prevalence of racial stereotypes and racial stereotyping in everyday life. It concludes with recommendations to address racial bias and stereotyping of people of African descent. This report was presented to the 74th session of the General Assembly. (November 2019) View report page | View document A/74/274

Latest country reports

Visit to Peru (5 February to 4 March 2020)
View document A/HRC/45/44/Add.2

Visit to Ecuador (16 to 20 December 2019)
View document A/HRC/45/44/Add.1

Latest news



Members of the Working Group

Ms. Dominique Day
(Chairperson, United States of America)
Mr. Ahmed Reid
(Jamaica)
Mr. Michal Balcerzak
(Poland)
Mr. Sabelo Gumedze
(South Africa)
Ricardo A. Sunga III
(Philippines)



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Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
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Contact information

The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
OHCHR-UNOG 8-14 Avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneve 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 9000
Fax: +41 22 917 9008
Email: africandescent@ohchr.org