2011: International Year for People of African Descent (IYPAD)


The year 2011 has been designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Year for People of African Descent. The theme for the year is "Recognition, Justice & Development". The UN has further instructed that the year be observed with the full involvement of all relevant UN bodies, programmes, and specialised agencies, in particular UNESCO, ILO, WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and UNFPA.

In addition, the UN has agreed that the relevant UN agencies should establish a voluntary fund for the Year beginning with an initial contribution from the UN agencies regular budgets and invites contributions from Member States and all relevant donors to provide additional funding for the implementation of the activities, as well as follow-up activities, and to facilitate the participation of NGOs programmes for addressing issues raised by People of African descent.

Basically, the international community has provided a space for people like us. The question is, how best can we take advantage of this opportunity to rise in prominence? There can be no doubt that there have been some great black men and women; inventors, pioneers, etc. We have invented things from traffic lights to the internet.

We are a people who have something to share with the world. In these times of turmoil that threaten to engulf us, the world is in dire need of leadership. Our world has become very artificial. The quality of life and the stability we have known is under serious threat as the rest of the world wobbles.

Economic instability is at the root of all our issues. The absence of economic stability becomes a poison that trickles down into every aspect of our lives. We look forward to seeing an immediate positive upswing for the vision. Please lets start bonding and making ties, so when we begin this monumental treck, you will know your neighbor. Start assessing your ties within your community. Search out your resources and start networking. Each and everyone of us can develop our own plan of action within our personal lives that will generate the groundwork for international change.

We therefore invite you on-board to play your part in developing a programme of action for 2011 and beyond; by the people, for the people.

The Facebook Family

THE ORGANIZERS OF FB IYPAD, have created groups on facebook to allow a wide cross section of African descendants to join in celebrating 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, as designated by UN Resolution 64/169 on Dec. 18, 2009. IYPAD groups resulted from a movement which was focused in Durban, South Africa and the island country of Barbados, where NGO's and Pan African forces seeking inclusion in the African Union (AU) joined forces to push for this event to happen.

Founder of the IYPAD Global Movement is Roosevelt King, who is the Secretary General of the Barbados Association of Non Governmental Organisations (BANGO) a national network of NGOs, comprised of several hundred NGO's. Roosevelt's knowledge and history in this movement goes back to its earliest beginnings.

Our initial action plan will be to promote the solutions to the impending World Food Crisis. We ask you to join us in taking leadership on this crucial and critical issue. This movement will bring attention to the plight of our people wherever they are. We ask you to join in this effort to unite our people globally, in mutual exchange and collaboration, in Love, Peace and Liberation in order that we may form a more perfect African society.

This movement is larger than any one of us, and yet is about each one of us, as each of us is unique and distinct manifestations of Ma'at, the spiritually grounded ethical system passed down from our ancestors of old. May each of us rise to this occasion to honour the memory of our ancestors, whose only reason to come into this human existence was to ensure our coming. It is now our duty and responsibility to ensure the future of the children of Africa; to become a free, proud and productive people, as we step back on the stage of Human History.

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