Young Salasaca Indians in Ambato, south of Quito.

Indigenous peoples - indigenous women and girls, in particular - face many difficulties to access quality education. Developing tailored, culturally and linguistically appropriate educational programmes for indigenous learners should be a priority.

Traditional occupations, skills and knowledge are assets which can provide a basis for self-employment, and creation of enterprises and cooperatives

Traditional occupations, skills and knowledge are assets, which can provide a basis for self-employment, and creation of enterprises and cooperatives.

A view of indigenous children from the Embera people, displaced by armed conflict.

Many of the most widespread causes of mortality among indigenous children are preventable, such as malnutrition, diarrhea, parasitic infections, and tuberculosis.

Members of a Maasai traditional singing group, Kenya.

Many indigenous peoples remain extremely vulnerable to land grabbing, forced displacement, and involuntary resettlement in contexts where their customary practices are not fully recognized.

From the 13th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Photo: Broddi Sigurdarson, United Nations

The participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations has enabled them to work together peacefully and in partnership with States to advance their issues and rights.

A mother and her newborn child rest in bed at a local health centre in Bali, Indonesia.

Increased access to family planning, skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care have proven to be amongst the most cost-effective interventions to improve the maternal and sexual health of indigenous women and girls.

quamish Nation canoe approaching Bella Bella.

The vast majority of the world's genetic resources are found on indigenous peoples’ lands, and their specialized livelihood practices and traditional ecological knowledge contribute significantly to low-carbon sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity and maintaining genetic diversity.

Members of a Mothers Club in Rio Seco near La Paz assembled for their weekly meeting

Indigenous women and girls often face discrimination, abuse and violence because of their gender and indigenous identity.

The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples was held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting was an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.