Celebrating the world’s indigenous peoples

Every year on 9 August, the international community comes together to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, paying tribute to indigenous communities around the globe. Living across 90 countries, indigenous peoples make up less than five per cent of the world’s population, represent some 5,000 different cultures and speak a majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages. The annual celebration dates back to December 1994 when the UN General Assembly decided to hold yearly observances.

Read more

Get involved

Be a part of International #YouthDay

Today’s generation of youth is the largest the world has ever known. For many of them, growing up will not be a peaceful time, with armed conflict disrupting their lives and often uprooting them entirely. 12th August is the International Youth Day and this year we celebrate those young people who are working tirelessly to build and protect peace. Read on to learn how you can do your share.

Read more

Expert voices

Geographical names: why do they matter?

Whether travelling to one of the world’s 1,017 places called San Francisco or delivering disaster relief to the feet of Sagarmatha – also known as Qomolangma, Shengmu Feng and Mount Everest – standardized geographical names can mean the difference between “lost in translation” and getting lost. As the UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) turns 50 this month, we sat down with Cecille Blake of UN DESA’s Statistics Division who told us, why names of places are important for sustainable development.

Read more

More from UNDESA

Upcoming Events

2-4 August, New York Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, Seventh session
7 and 18 August, New York 30th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names
9 August International Day of the Indigenous Peoples
11 August International Youth Day (12 August)
Follow Us