International Day World’s Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed and celebrated on the 9th of August every year. This day is celebrated to protect as well as promote all the rights of the indigenous people of the indigenous population of the world. The event also recognizes and observes the contributions, and the achievements that the indigenous people make. Other areas are reviewed such as environmental, preservation and support of the cultural heritage.

Background:

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is celebrated on the 9th of August every year. In order to recognize and observe the very first United Nations Working Group on the meeting of the Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in the year 1982. On the 23rd of December, 1994, the general assembly of the UN claimed that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, shall be observed on the 9th of August every year at the time of the International Decade of the Indigenous People of the world.

In the year 2004, the assembly claimed the Second International Decade of the Indigenous People of the world for 2005-2014. The assembly also formed an idea to continue with the observance of this day every year during its second decade. The major aim of this decade was to strengthen the international co-ordination and co-operation for solving all the issues that are faced by the indigenous folks in different fields of education, culture, environment, human rights and social as well as economic development.

In the year 2000 (April), the Human Rights Commission adopted a fine resolution to form the permanent forum of the United Nations on all kinds of indigenous issues which was signed by the Social and Economic Council. The mandate of the forum is to carry out the discussions of the indigenous issues that are related to the economic, social, educational, cultural, environmental, health issues as well as the issues related to human rights.

International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples

International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples Activities:

On this day, all the people belonging to different nations gather on one platform and are encouraged to take part in noticing and observing the day, to flourish the message of the United Nations on the indigenous peoples. A number of activities are included in several educational forums, and classroom activities in order to gain accolades and a better understanding of all the indigenous peoples. These events include the messages given by the United Nations Secretary General, and various other key leaders of the organization. The activities also include the performances by the indigenous artists as well as panel discussions on the reconciliation and the related discussions.

Public Life:

The United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is not a public holiday but only a United Nations Day of the observance. Thus, this day is not marked as a public holiday. However, the people of the world are encouraged to gather on a common platform to involve themselves in the activities mentioned above. Thus, though not a public holiday, yet this day is celebrated by a majority of people.

For other cultural events see:

Harmony Day

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