In Ireland, the UNIDPAD specific activities started on 25 February 2019, at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin where the Government of Ireland began engaging stakeholders and members of the African and African Descent Community to discuss the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (UNIDPAD) and its implementation in the republic. The Irish government initiated, convened and led a public consultation meeting with the African and African Descent Community and other stakeholders on 3 April 2019 at the Department of Justice Meeting Hall. On the 16 of March 2019 in a public meeting held at the Teachers Club in Dublin, the People of African Descent in attendance formed a Steering Committee to represent the African Community in discussions with the Irish government on the implementation of the Decade and to mobilize the African community and public in Ireland to support the UNIDPAD. The Steering Committee began discussions with the Government of Ireland through the Justice and Equality Department, to adopt the program for the Decade and its implementation to address issues affecting the People of African descent in Ireland as the UNIDPAD 2015-2024 requires. The Steering Committee has also engaged the African community in joint open public meetings in various Counties, asking members to engage their city and county councils and key public and private stakeholders to implement the UNDPAD. In December 2019 the Steering Committee made a presentation on behalf of the People of African Descent at the United Nations Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination at CERD`s 2796th meeting, held on 10 December 2019 in Geneva, where the Irish Government reported on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), a United Nations convention that commits all its members to eliminate racial discrimination and promote understanding among all races in their states.