International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples -August 9th
August 9 was first proclaimed International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations in 1994 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s Indigenous population. This day also commemorates the achievements and contributions that Indigenous people make in the world. August 9 also marks the first time the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations met in Geneva in 1982.
This year’s theme is “Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples’ health and well-being.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has stated, “The interests of the Indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. […] Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.”
Attend a special event online at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday 10 August, from 3 to 6pm. The event will be webcast live at webtv.un.org.
2. Read Asia Indigenous People Pact’s Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
3. Raise awareness about Indigenous Rights and International Human Rights Mechanisms through Community Media.
Share these free radio programs widely about Indigenous Rights based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Available in English, Spanish,and several Indigenous languages.
4. Listen to our new Indigenous Rights Radio interviews.
Interviews with Indigenous leaders at this year’s UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues about the development of a sacred mountain in Hawai’i, community conversations, consumerism, deep sea mining in the Pacific, and climate change, among many others. In English. In Spanish.
5. Share this poster by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Development.
Standing Strong from the Ground,
CSQ 39-2, June 2015.
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