May 22, 2024

U.S. Stresses Commitment to Combating Systemic Racism at UN Interactive Dialogue

People of African Descent
People of African Descent

In an address during the Third Committee Interactive Dialogue at the United Nations, Daniel Murphy, U.S. Adviser for the Third Committee, underscored the United States’ resolute support for the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. The speech highlighted the pressing need to confront systemic racism not only within the U.S. but also across the globe.

Acknowledging the persistent presence of systemic racism and discrimination in societies worldwide, Murphy emphasized the importance of meaningful participation by individuals of African descent in shaping policies, overseeing their implementation, and evaluating their impact. This, he stated, is essential to effectively combat systemic racism.

Murphy drew attention to the enduring effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which continue to cast a long shadow and contribute to the perpetuation of systemic racism. He echoed the Working Group’s concerns about the adverse consequences that systemic racism inflicts upon people of African descent in various facets of life and expressed shared apprehensions about the sluggish progress in addressing these deeply entrenched issues.

Racial equity and justice remain high on the United States’ agenda, affirmed Murphy. President Biden, he noted, initiated the historic President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States, which aims to promote equity for the African Diaspora both within the United States and on a global scale.

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