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Colombia at the Afro-descendant Leaders Summit in Atlanta, U.S.

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Afro-descendant Leaders Summit
Colombia and the U.S held the first Binational Summit of Afro-descendant Leaders, under the theme “Connecting the African Diaspora” – Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombia and the United States held the first Binational Summit of Afro-descendant Leaders, under the theme “Connecting the African Diaspora”, on May 14-15, 2024 in Atlanta, United States. This event aimed to address the shared realities faced by Afro-descendant communities and peoples in the two nations.

The event was born as a commitment of the most recent visit of Colombian President Gustavo Petro to Washington, DC, following a meeting with the Black Caucus and the U.S. Progressive Caucus of Congress. Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo opened the event, which was attended by 250 leaders from both countries.

Summit of Afro-descendant leaders to promote racial and ethnic equality

The summit arose in response to a bilateral agenda established between leaders of Colombia and the United States, with the clear purpose of promoting ethnic and racial equality, promoting the exchange of experiences, establishing support networks and catalyzing the economic and social development of these peoples and communities.

It also seeks to give visibility and recognition to the Afro-descendant people at the international level, supporting the construction of an agenda for life and peace in the Afro-descendant territories in both countries.

In a document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reference is made to the fact that “the Colombian government has also supported previous initiatives, such as agreements, conferences and cultural meetings, which have laid the groundwork for the summit, which not only seeks to address existing realities, but also to enhance opportunities for growth and development for both communities”.

Afro-descendant Leaders Summit
Equal opportunity is one of the summit’s challenges – Credit: Facebook / Nuevo Amanecer ESAL Foundation Choco

Education and international cooperation

Education and international cooperation are highlights of the meeting. By including topics such as education and academic development, the summit hopes to generate exchange and collaboration programs between educational institutions in both countries, benefiting Afro-descendant students and academics.

During these two days, 300 leaders from different sectors of both countries shared experiences and exchanged reports of progress and needs of the Afro-descendant population. In this context, they addressed issues such as education, international cooperation, public policies, environment, economic and business development, among others.

Afro-descendant Leaders Summit
The summit was held May 14-15 in Atlanta, U.S. – Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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