International Day for World's Indigenous People

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The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on 9 August every year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. 

The Day was first proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) 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, 2005 – 2015, with the theme ‘A Decade for Action and Dignity.’ 

The theme this year is ‘Indigenous people building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements’. The Day highlights the importance of indigenous people, their valuable knowledge and diverse cultures, as well as their achievements and contributions to critical world issues such as environmental protection, natural resource management, and holistic sustainable development.

ICIMOD celebrates this important event each year. The following activities are proposed for the Day:

Centre Level Activities

Regional Level Activities

  • School level-competitions (essay and drawing) and cultural show in Thimphu, Bhutan, by Happy Green Cooperative, Bhutan.

This year's International Day of the World's Indigenous People theme:

‘Indigenous people building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements'