Year 2011 is the "International Year for People of African Descent". I think that is a good (small) step by UN to recognise the role of people of African decent.
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“The International Year must become a milestone in the on-going campaign to advance the rights of people of African descent. It deserves to be accompanied by activities that fire the imagination, enhance our understanding of the situation of people of African descent and are a catalyst for real and positive change in the daily lives of the millions of Afro-descendants around the world.”-Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights