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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Date posted: 9 August 2017

Today is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, a day observed on 9 August each year as a global reminder of the importance of the rights of the world's Indigenous people.

The theme for 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Ten years ago, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, a milestone with respect to the cooperation and solidarity between Indigenous people and member states. Although there has been some significant progress in implementing the Declaration over the last decade, there continues to be a gap between the formal recognition of Indigenous peoples and implementation of policies on the ground. As a result, Indigenous peoples continue to face exclusion, marginalisation and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights.

This day aims to draw attention to the progress made, and remaining challenges, in implementing the Declaration. As part of the day, a number of events are being held around the world. In Australia, the UN Information Centre is working with the National Congress of Australia's First Nations, the Indigenous Law Centre and other partners on a capacity building program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: The United Nations


Last updated: 15 August 2017
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