Published August 9, 2018
NEW YORK — August 9 is commemorated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.
Each year this day is celebrated around the world. A commemorative event is also organized at the United Nations Headquarters in New York by the Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch – Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which brings together indigenous peoples’ organizations, UN agencies, Member States, civil society, academia and the general public.
The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will take place on Thursday 9 August 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s theme is “Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement”.
The event will include a panel discussion 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 panel will also examine the challenges and ways forward to revitalize indigenous peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside their traditional territories.
After the panel there will be Q&A segment where participants can make comments and/or ask questions from the floor. We kindly ask all speakers to limit their interventions to 3 minutes.
Date and time
Thursday 9 August 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
United Nations Headquarters
405 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Indigenous peoples; Member States; UN agencies, funds and programmes; Civil society; Academia and the general public are invited to attend.