Tuesday is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade.We will honour and remember the more than 15 million men, women and children who were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade which lasted over 400 years. The Day also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice.This year’s theme, “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” pays tribute to the fight against slavery in nations around the world.

Tuesday is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade.

We will honour and remember the more than 15 million men, women and children who were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade which lasted over 400 years. 

The Day also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice.

This year’s theme, “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” pays tribute to the fight against slavery in nations around the world.


"The Ark of Return: Lest we forget"

In a month from today, we will be marking the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the International Slave Trade. This year’s theme is “Victory over slavery: Haiti and beyond.”

In honour of the victims, the UN General Assembly decided to establish a permanent memorial and the design selected is the “Ark of Return” by architect Rodney Leon, a descendant of slaves shipped to Haiti from the coast of Africa.

Watch this video about the memorial.

Exciting news! On his way to Hollywood to attend the Academy Awards, Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years a Slave will stop at UN Headquarters for a screening and presentation of his film, on Wednesday, 26 February. 
You can follow the discussion at 8:45pm EST on the UN Web TV.  The film just won the BAFTA Best Film, and Best Actor Awards, and is nominated for 9 Academy Awards. Mr. McQueen recently became a patron of the Organization ‘Anti-Slavery International’.

Exciting news! On his way to Hollywood to attend the Academy Awards, Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years a Slave
will stop at UN Headquarters for a screening and presentation of his film, on Wednesday, 26 February.

You can follow the discussion at 8:45pm EST on the UN Web TV.  The film just won the BAFTA Best Film, and Best Actor Awards, and is nominated for 9 Academy Awards. Mr. McQueen recently became a patron of the Organization ‘Anti-Slavery International’.

Monday is International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
  A week full of activities to Remember Slavery came to a close in New York City last Friday with a special concert taking place at UN Headquarters.  Watch the concert here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/ This photo was taken at the 2012 concert. Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Monday is International Day of Remembrance of the Victims
of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

 
A week full of activities to Remember Slavery came to a close in New York City last Friday with a special concert taking place at UN Headquarters.  Watch the concert here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/

This photo was taken at the 2012 concert. Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

You’re invited! On Tuesday 15 May at 7 p.m, a special gala concert featuring reggae, jazz, hip-hop, percussion and other musical styles will be held in the historic General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters.

RSVP details

In addition to raising awareness of the transatlantic slave trade and the continuing fight against the lingering consequences of bigotry, racism and prejudice, the concert will help raise funds to erect a permanent memorial at UNHQ.
If you’re not able to attend in person, you’ll be able to watch online worldwide or on Time Warner Cable Channel 150 in NYC.

You’re invited! On Tuesday 15 May at 7 p.m, a special gala concert featuring reggae, jazz, hip-hop, percussion and other musical styles will be held in the historic General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters.

RSVP details

In addition to raising awareness of the transatlantic slave trade and the continuing fight against the lingering consequences of bigotry, racism and prejudice, the concert will help raise funds to erect a permanent memorial at UNHQ.

If you’re not able to attend in person, you’ll be able to watch online worldwide or on Time Warner Cable Channel 150 in NYC.

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves not only as an opportunity to reflect on those that suffered and perished at the hands of slavery, but also as an occasion to raise awareness to the world’s youth about the dangers of racism and prejudice.

See what special events are taking place at UN Headquarters
Listen to special radio feature stories

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves not only as an opportunity to reflect on those that suffered and perished at the hands of slavery, but also as an occasion to raise awareness to the world’s youth about the dangers of racism and prejudice.

See what special events are taking place at UN Headquarters

Listen to special radio feature stories