International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020

9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It is celebrated around the world and marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations in 1982.

Indigenous woman and child at clinic

As part of the commemoration, the Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch – Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues/DISD/DESA, will be organizing a virtual event, bringing together indigenous peoples’ organizations, UN agencies, Member States, civil society and relevant stakeholders.

This year’s theme is COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience. The virtual commemoration will feature an interactive panel discussion on the innovative ways indigenous peoples continue demonstrating resilience and strength in the face of the pandemic while confronting grave threats to their survival. The aim is to highlight how the preservation and promotion of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices can be leveraged more fully during this pandemic. Panelists will share good practices with the audience through an interactive virtual event that will focus on building back stronger.

What: 2020 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

WhenMonday, 10 August 9 am to 11 am Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Where: Please access the virtual commemoration by clicking here. If you are unable to join the event via zoom due to limit of participants reached, please make sure to view the event on our Facebook page.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. With thanks to the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Documentation, Research and Information (DOCIP).

Who: Indigenous Peoples, Member States, UN agencies, funds and programmes, civil society and the general public are invited to attend.


  • Concept note  |EN|
  • Programme  |EN|
  • Message of the Secretary-General  |AR |ENES| FRRUZH|
  • Remarks by Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs: |EN|
  • Remarks by Ms. Anne Nuorgam, Chair, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:  |EN|
  • Statement by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, Chair, Group of Friends of Indigenous Peoples: |EN|