National programme in 2011 to celebrate people of African descent
The government says that it will roll out a national programme next year to celebrate people of African descent in keeping with the United Nations declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent.
The resolution by the United Nations is aimed at strengthening national actions and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent in relation to their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights.
It is also aimed at strengthening their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture.
The UN Assembly also encouraged Member States, the specialized agencies of the United Nations system, within their respective mandates and existing resources, and civil society to make preparations for and to identify possible initiatives that can contribute to the success of the year.
The government in a statement said it recognises and values highly the unique contribution that Guyanese of African descent have made to the country’s history, culture and multi-ethnic heritage.
In keeping with this United Nations resolution the Government, through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, will announce a national programme of events and activities aimed at “recognising and paying fitting tribute to the rich legacy of people of African descent globally and their special contribution to Guyana’s formation and development as a nation.”