Summit demands greater voice for Afro-descendants

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Posted: Aug 21, 2011 2:39 PM

A global summit of African descendants has demanded that the United Nations and other world bodies hold permanent forums on improving their communities' economic and social conditions.

The U.N.-backed 1st World Summit of African Descendants held in Honduras has also called on the U.N. to create a development fund to fight poverty and protect the human rights of Afro-descendants.

The summit held this weekend in the city of La Ceiba issued its declaration Saturday night, which also demanded justice for victims of racism.

Over 1,000 representatives from 70 nations gathered for the event. The 2nd World Summit was scheduled for 2014 in Madrid.

Around 20 percent of Latin America's population is of African descent, many of whom live in poverty.