World’s Indigenous Peoples Day
9 August marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This annual observance aims to not only promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous populations, but also to recognise indigenous peoples’ achievements and contributions in improving world issues such as human development and environmental protection.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated every 9 August to commemorate the inaugural session of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, which took place in Geneva in 1982.
This year, the focus is placed on Indigenous Languages, which play a key role in issues such as human rights protection, peace-building, sustainable development and good governance.
Indigenous languages are also pivotal in preserving peoples’ identity, history, traditions and memory, and also in constructing their future.
There are over 370 million indigenous people worldwide, living in 90 different countries and representing 5,000 cultures.
It is estimated that every 2 weeks an indigenous language disappears, thus placing at risk indigenous peoples’ cultures, history and identity.
It is because of this threat that the UN has declared 2019 to be the Year of Indigenous Languages, with events taking place all over the world to raise awareness of the critical loss of these languages and the urgent need to preserve them.
2019 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
This years’ International Day observance will be held on Friday 9 August between 10.00 and 17.00 in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and will bring together indigenous peoples’ organizations, UN agencies, Member States, civil society and the general public.
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