International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Every year the 9th of August should be a day of celebration for indigenous peoples around the world.
In December 1994, it was decided by the UN General Assembly that during the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995-2004), the 9th of August was to be observed as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in New York, Geneva and other offices of the United Nations. Governments around the world were encouraged to observe the Day at the national level. Later, when the Second Decade (2005-2015) was proclaimed, it was also decided to continue observation of the Day.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People provides an opportunity to raise awareness of indigenous peoples’ cultures and the great diversity that they represent. It is also an occasion to redouble efforts to address issues of exclusion, discrimination and poverty that are still the daily reality for many of these peoples.
Every year a relevant issue is chosen as the theme of the day. Among topics that have been discussed in the past is the preservation of indigenous languages and cultures, adoption of the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples Rights and the situation of indigenous women.
More information can be found on : www.un.org/events/indigenous/2007