UNPFII Second Session

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2009

Theme “Indigenous Children and Youth”

United Nations Headquarters, New York
11 to 23 May 2003

The second meeting of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was held from 12 to 23 May 2003 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme for the second session was “Indigenous Children and Youth“.

The members of the Permanent Forum had chosen this theme in order to focus attention on the survival of indigenous peoples. That it is the physical and mental health of indigenous children who will ensure the survival growth and prosperity of the peoples from whom they come.

Without ensuring that they are appropriately educated in their indigenous languages, cultures and values with indigenous pedagogy as the basis of their learning, indigenous peoples and their unique and precious cultures will not survive in this globalized world. Essentially, if that is not fostered and nurtured all exisiting cultures and peoples loose something precious.

Report of the Second Session
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