A/HRC/54/71 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 17 August 2023 Original: English Human Rights Council Fifty-fourth session 11 September–6 October 2023 Agenda item 9 Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance: follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Facilitating the journey from rhetoric to reality Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent*, ** Summary The present document contains the report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent prepared pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 51/32. In the report, the Working Group takes stock of its 20 years of work since its establishment in 2002, presents a review of that work and includes conclusions and recommendations on how to address more efficiently the human rights concerns of people of African descent. The Working Group highlights the initiatives it has taken under its mandate, in particular the thematic analyses and dedicated country visits, and emphasizes the need for commitments and resources from Member States to enable the Working Group to continue its critical work. * Agreement was reached to publish the present document after the standard publication date owing to circumstances beyond the submitter’s control. ** The annexes to the present report are circulated as received, in the language of submission only. GE.23-15301 (E) 170823 170823

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