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About the International Day of The World's Indigenous Peoples


The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed by the International community every year on 9 August. 

The Day 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.

This year, the High Commissioner for Human Rights calls upon the General Assembly to adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a matter of urgency. She also invites States and the international community as a whole to give particular attention to targeting indigenous peoples in programmes to reduce poverty since these communities remain stubbornly amongst the poorest of the poor.


Key Facts About Indigenous Peoples

The OHCHR and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and the MDGs

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples