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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018

9 Aug 2018

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated each year on 9 August in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.

This year’s theme is Indigenous people’s migration and movement. A UN panel will ‘examine the challenges and ways forward to revitalize Indigenous peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside their traditional territories.’


The UN Secretary-General is António Guterres.

‘On this annual observance, let us commit to fully realising the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the rights to self-determination and to traditional lands, territories and resources,’ Secretary António Guterres.

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