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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2018

Poster: Indigenous Day

The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed each year on August 9 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s Indigenous population. This event recognizes the achievements and contributions made by Indigenous Peoples. The commemoration takes place on in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982.

2018 Theme: Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement
As a result of loss of their lands, territories and resources due to development and other pressures, many Indigenous peoples migrate to urban areas in search of better prospects of life, education and employment. They also migrate between countries to escape conflict, persecution and climate change impacts. Despite the widespread assumption that Indigenous peoples live overwhelmingly in rural territories, urban areas are now home to a significant proportion of Indigenous populations. In Latin America, around 40 per cent of all Indigenous peoples live in urban areas — even 80 per cent in some countries of the region. In most cases, Indigenous peoples who migrate find better employment opportunities and improve their economic situation but alienate themselves from their traditional lands and customs. Additionally, Indigenous migrants face a myriad of challenges, including lack of access to public services and additional layers of discrimination.

The 2018 theme will focus on the current situation of Indigenous territories, the root causes of migration, trans-border movement and displacement, with a specific focus on Indigenous peoples living in urban areas and across international borders. The observance will explore the challenges and ways forward to revitalize Indigenous peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside their traditional territories.

The observance of the International Day will take place on Thursday, August 9 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The programme can be found in Events. More information in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) page.

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Relevant documents

  • Backgrounder on the tenth anniversary of the UNDRIP |EN| FR| ES| RU|
  • E/C.19/2017/4 – Tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration |EN| ES| FR| RU|
  • E/C.19/2017/10 – International expert group meeting on the theme “Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: the role of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and other indigenous-specific mechanisms (article 42)” |EN| ES| FR| RU|
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (A/RES/61/295) |AR |EN| ES| FR| RU| ZU|
  • Adolescent-Friendly Version of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples |EN|
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (in languages) English | Français | Español

The UN is partnering with Twitter on an International Day emoji to be launched on August 8. The emoji will follow our branding and will be linked to the hashtags #WeAreIndigenous #SomosIndígenas #autochtones #IamIndigenous #SoyIndígena

#InternationalIndigenousDay #IIPD2017 #DIPI2017 #PueblosIndígenas #DíaInternacionalPueblosIndígenas.

The emoji will be launched on @UN4Indigenous and @UN on August 8 and will be available through August 11.

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