The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, opening the Working Group session on People of African Descent, pointed out that the group had evolved from the World Conference against Racism held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2001. The Working Group evolves from issues such as xenophobia, racial discrimination and related intolerance.

Black history is increasingly being celebrated in Europe and the Americas. In the United States and the United Kingdom especially, specific months of the year - February and October respectively have been officially set aside to celebrate or commemorate Black History month. On the African continent itself, the celebration or commemoration of Black history is yet to enjoy the same status or significance it does in the diaspora. This is possibly because Blacks in the diaspora are under more

The Arusha Conference (2002) will focus on scientific progress and potential in malaria research with the aim of promoting the exchange of scientific ideas within Africa. The Conference will have specific sessions to discuss mechanisms for linking scientific research and malaria control activities.

Why do racial, religious, ethnic and national identities have such purchase on the lives of so many people, and why are they still at the centre of so many major conflicts at the beginning of the twenty-first century? What form is racism taking amidst the inequalities, refugees and mass migrations of today's global capitalism? How does the American state - as both the manager of the world capitalist order and as the embodiment of an all-too-often chauvinist national identity - fit into the more

The World Bank has committed over $4 billion credit for African Development this year in the form of Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the International Development Association (IDA). This is against the $3.9 billion given to Africa, last year.