International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2007

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2007“Honoring Indigenous Youth and Languages”

In commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on 9 August, an observance at UN Headquarters focused on the urgent need to preserve indigenous languages, including the role of indigenous youth.

In a message to mark the Day, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs and Coordinator of the Second Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, Mr. Sha Zukang, said: “We are celebrating humanity’s amazing diversity and the invaluable contributions indigenous peoples continue to make at the global level that benefits everybody.”

Programme of the Day

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Panel Discussion
2:30pm – 5:00pm, Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium,
United Nations Headquarters

Speakers include:

Unity Run representative, Indigenous Youth ‘Spirit of the Youth’;
Mr. Alberto Virella, Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations and Ms. Dawn Hill (Mohawk Nation, USA)

Moderated by:
Elsa Stamatopoulou, Chief, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Indigenous cultural performance by
Ayllu Sisay, a traditional Kichwa dance group from South America

Closing prayer by Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Lakota)

Organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues DSPD/DESA and the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

(Programme subject to change)

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2007

Messages of the Day 9 August, 2007

  • Message from Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
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  • Message from Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chariperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigneous Issues on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Statement by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Coordinator for the Second Decade of the World´s Indigenous People on the International Day of the World´s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Statement by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Mensaje de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud en el Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Mundo AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message from Ms. Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message from Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message of Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message from Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of UNIFEM on the International Day of the World´s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Statement by Ms. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message from Mr. Pekka Patosaari, Director, UN Forum on Forests Secretariat on the International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message from Mr. Juan Somavia Director of the International Labour Organization on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Statement by Mr. Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message from Mr. Brunson McKinley, Director General of the International Organization for Migration on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous People AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
  • Message of European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the occasion of the International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is officially commemorated on 9 August annually in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.