On March 30, 2012, students at the United Nations Global Student Videoconference of The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Honouring the Heroes, Resisters and Survivors, will share local stories and discuss the legacy of slavery and its link to inhumanity and injustice. This live interactive forum aims to link the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade to its impact and influence on today’s world.
In his March 25 message to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the global community to continue its battle against the lingering legacy of the slave trade. “New laws, institutions and mindsets have given us better tools for the struggle against these ills,” noted Secretary General Ban. “Yet we must also recognize that bias has increased in many parts of the world.”
International Day also serves as an opportunity to teach about the causes and consequences of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. “We see discriminatory practices gaining political, moral and even legal recognition, including through the platforms of some political parties and organizations and the dissemination through modern communication technologies of ideas based on the notion of racial superiority.” He stressed that the UN remains firmly committed to countering such hateful acts and trends.