ATLANTA, Georgia USA --
On the eve of Juneteenth and Fathers Day observances, the closure of the Second Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on People of African Descent is hearkening efforts to sharply impact systemic and structural racism across the African diaspora. As a thematic area of focus, The Second Session heightened the critical need for cultural data-collection.
To answer that clarion call, a scope of work has emerged: a series of diaspora management roundtable discussions that prepare stakeholders to participate in diaspora planning summits. The launch of the African Diaspora Roundtable discussion series will take place on Aug. 18th, 2023 at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport.
World Human Rights Network Chairman Al Bartell explains the latest UN-informed scope of work:
“The stated overarching theme of The Second Session emphasized 'the promotion, protection and full respect of the human rights of people of African descent'. Coming out of The Second Session, the African diaspora efforts of the United Nations are now being communicated inside a ‘global consultative process’.
“We are clear it will take cultural data-collection for recognizing and addressing systemic and structural racism. Currently, there are insufficient structures for collecting cultural data, in comparison with corporate data and government data. It is highly useful for African diaspora leaders to consider a planning strategy to address cultural data-collection.
“The African Diaspora Roundtable series gives a framework for building diaspora stakeholder capacity in cultural data collection, data communication, and data circulation for the world of 21st century technology.”