9 August - International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
On 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will shine a spotlight on indigenous media – television, radio, film, and social media – and their role in helping to preserve indigenous peoples’ cultures, challenge stereotypes, and influence the social and political agenda.
“Let us use the media – indigenous and non-indigenous, and especially new outlets – to create bridges and establish a truly intercultural world, where diversity is celebrated; a world where different cultures not only coexist but value each other for their contributions and potential,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the day.
The event will feature remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Grand Chief Edward John, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – followed by a panel discussion with representatives of
About the International Day
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9 August, in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982. The International Day was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994.
For more information on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are available through the following websites:
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - 11th session
The 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in New York from 7-18 May 2012. The special theme for the year is: “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)”.
*UN Photo #43447: Opening of the 9th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues