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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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    “We must ensure the participation of indigenous peoples – women and men – in decision-making at all levels. This includes discussions on accelerating action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and defining the post-2015 development agenda. “

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).

In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2014, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” The focus of this year’s International Day is “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.”

For more information, please visit the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ website. We also invite you to read themessage of the Secretary-General for this day.

Yours Sincerely,

NGO Relations
Department of Public Information
United Nations Headquarters in New York
http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations

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