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International Day of the
World's Indigenous People, 9 August


Monday, 10 August 2009 – 2 p.m.
UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4

2 p.m.

Welcome Ceremony

Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Roberto Múcaro Borrero (Taíno, Puerto Rico), Chairperson, NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

2.05 p.m. – 2.25 p.m.
Messages on the Occasion of the Day

Message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message from the President of the General Assembly
Statement by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang
Message from the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

2.30 p.m.

Cultural Performance

Crimean Tatar singing and dancing

2.50 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Indigenous Peoples and HIV/AIDS

Tonya Gonella Frichner, Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Kent Lebsock, 2 Spirit Society

Howard Njoo, Director General at the Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control of the Public, Health Agency of Canada

Olivia Belen Sloan, Johns Hopkins University

Marine Davtyan, Liaison Officer, UNAIDS