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Inclusion in the Time of COVID-19: Confronting Slavery’s Legacy of Racism Together
2 Jun 2020 -  This webinar on 28 May 2020 was organized by UNESCO and the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme in the context of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). It brought together experts who explained why an understanding of the transatlantic slave trade and its legacy of racism were necessary to move forward in addressing the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of African descent. Opening remarks were delivered by Maher Nasser, Director, Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications, United Nations, New York. The panelists were: Lisa Coleman, Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation, New York University, New York; Yoann Lopez, Project Manager in Charge of Memory, Racism and Antisemitism, City of Bordeaux, Bordeaux; María Elisa Velázquez Gutiérrez, Former President, UNESCO Slave Route Project International Scientific Committee, Mexico City; and Webster, hip-hop artist and lecturer, Montreal. Closing remarks were delivered by Ângela Melo, Director of Policies and Programmes, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO, Paris. The discussion was moderated by Brenden Varma, Manager, Remember Slavery Programme, United Nations, New York.