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Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Getting to the truth... Your anecdote (a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.) isn’t true.

Mainza Kangombe - Remember Slavery - United Nations

I know it happened. I know that your experience, your feelings, your outcomes are real. And they’re yours.

Janise Kangombe - Remember Slavery - United Nations

Statistics suffer when compared to anecdotes. Because your mileage may vary. Your interaction with the randomness of the world will never match up to what the statisticians tell us to expect. Because averages and correlations are never what we actually experience. We experience a tiny slice of it.

Janise Kangombe, Maiking Kangombe, Mainza Kangombe - Africa Descent - United Nations

But, at the same time that the larger truth can’t be experienced, your anecdote can never represent the larger truth, because it’s yours.

ECOSOC Chamber - Remember Slavery - Africa Descent - United Nations

What happened to you will never happen to anyone else, not in quite the same way.

Janise Kangombe, Maiking Kangombe, - Unicef - United Nations

By relying on well-told stories, we ignore the real truth, the universal truth of how the world actually is.

Janise Kangombe - United Nations

Yes, our mileage varies. But please let me know what the reality of the world is!!

Amina J. Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General), Maiking Kangombe, Janise Kangombe - United Nations

"Ms. Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed prepares for upcoming meetings with delegates. - UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions. 

She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and served on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect, 2016 African Union Reform and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project.

Ms. Mohammed began her 35-year career in the private sector with architects and engineers responsible for the project management of health, education and public sector buildings." -Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG)

In proclaiming this Decade, the international community is recognizing that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. Around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent. learn more









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