Managua, Nicaragua – January 26 2015 – Central America is home to more than 3 million of African descent people. For 19 years the Central American Black Organization (CABO) has been the umbrella organization unifying Black people in the region. CABO’s first female president Honduran Mirtha Colon chaired two days of intense and creative dialogue and debate on January 23 and 24, as policies, activities, and budgets were formulated. President Colon also had the task of introducing CABO’s bylaws, rules and regulations to new members as they evaluated CABO’s progress report card. The communal participation of this board from 7 countries was realized with five women and eleven men. Some board members joined via group virtual video conference. This was the first time that this media medium was utilized in a CABO board meeting.
The essence of this plenary session was the International Decade of African Descent. The United Nations committed 10 years (January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2024), as the period for the global community to promote and protect the human rights of people of African Descent. Board members were conscious of the need to continue collaborating with governments of Central America as active partners to effectively impact the lives of African descent people who contribute to the economy of this region. In view of the fact that a major overriding goal of CABO is regional integration of people of African descent the group included in its work the strengthening of its existing relations to SICA which is the governmental regional force that also address regional integration.
Member organizations of CABO´s Directive Board are Belize: United Black Association for Development Education Foundation U.E.F. y Emergent Corp, Panamá : Fundación Unidos por Colon and la Universidad Popular de las Americas (UNIPOP), Nicaragua: ADEPHCA and URACANN, Guatemala: Iseri Ibagari and AFROSA, Costa Rica: Asociación Proyecto Caribe and Universal Negro Improvement Association Branch 300 (U.N.I.A), U.S.A :Hondurans Against Aids and Southern Regional Diaspora Caucus and Development Center, Honduras: Asociacion de Afrodescendientes del Valle Sula ASAFROVA and Rochez Brothers (Black Men Soul).
This was the first meeting of the new board elected in December 2014 at CABO’s 20th General Assembly in the Garifuna community of Triunfo de la Cruz, Municpality of Tela in Honduras. They will serve for a term of two years, 2014 -2016. The next board meeting is scheduled in March, in Guatemala City.
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