International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016


Event at UN Headquarters – 9 August 2016

The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at UN Headquarters took place on Tuesday 9 August, in the ECOSOC Chamber, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event was webcast live on Watch here>>>

Theme: “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education”

This year’s theme drew attention to the issue of indigenous peoples and education. Indigenous peoples continue to face challenges in accessing their right to education, in particular their right to education in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning and with full recognition of the diversity of their cultures. Highlights from the forthcoming publication “State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Volume III” on this topic of indigenous peoples and education was discussed at a special event at the UN Headquarters event in observance of the International Day.

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The programme for the event can be found here>>>

Media kit and resources





Messages and Statements from across the United Nations:

Message of the Secretary-General
Joint Statement by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples
Message from the Special Representative of the Secretary Genaral on Violence Against Children
Message from the UN Women
Message from the Convention on Biological Diversity
Message from the World International Property Organization  AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH
Message from The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Message from The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Joint Statement from UNFPA, UNICEF and UNESCO Asia-Pacific
Message from The International Labour Organization (ILO)
Message from the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh
Statement from the Group of Friends of the Indigenous Peoples (Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, Paraguay, Peru, and my own country, Mexico)
Message from UN-Habitat

Other statements

African Commission on Human Rights

Further information

For further information on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with statements and information about events that took place across the world, see the official UN page: