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49/214. International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People

The General Assembly,

Bearing in mind that one of the purposes of the United Nations, as set forth in the Charter, is the achievement of international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion,

Recognizing the value and diversity of the cultures and the forms of social organization of the world’s indigenous people,

Recognizing the value and diversity of the cultures and the forms of social organization of the world’s indigenous people, Recalling its resolution 48/163 of 21 December 1993, by which it proclaimed the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, commencing on 10 December 1994,

Conscious of the need to improve the economic, social and cultural situation of the indigenous people, with full respect for their distinctiveness and their own initiatives […]

Recalling that, beginning in the first year of the Decade, one day of every year shall be observed as the International Day of Indigenous People,

Welcoming the recommendation of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities of the Commission on Human Rights that the International Day be observed every year on 9 August, that date being the anniversary of the first day of the meeting of the Working Group in 1982,

Also welcoming the appointment of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights as Coordinator for the Decade,

Recognizing the importance of considering the establishment of a permanent forum for indigenous people within the United Nations system in the framework of the Decade, and recalling that the Commission on Human Rights, in its resolution 1994/28 of 4 March 1994, 1/ requested the Working Group to give priority consideration to the possible establishment of a permanent forum for indigenous people, […]

Convinced that the development of indigenous people within their countries will contribute to the socio-economic, cultural and environmental advancement of all the countries of the world, Recognizing that indigenous people can and should be able through appropriate mechanisms to make their distinct contributions to humanity […]

Source: General Assembly, United Nations, A/RES/49/214, 17 February 1995
Date visited: 14 June 2020

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By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year during the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

The UN General Assembly had proclaimed 1993 the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People, and the same year, the Assembly proclaimed the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, starting on 10 December 1994 (resolution 48/163). The goal of the First International Decade was to strengthen international cooperation for solving problems faced by indigenous people in such areas as human rights, the environment, development, education and health.

Source: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples | United Nations For Indigenous Peoples
Date Visited: 14 June 2020

Reaching the Furthest Behind First – Identifying vulnerable and marginalised communities

For the UNSDF, the most vulnerable communities identified in consultation with the government and other development partners, include, but are not be limited to: households in extreme poverty, both rural and urban; households residing in urban slums and informal settlements; vulnerable women, children, and young people (15-29 years), especially those belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; orphans and street children; manual scavengers, migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers; the elderly; displaced populations; religious and other minorities; people with disabilities; the LGBTI community, sex workers and drug users; people in prisons; and persons living with HIV.

Source: Sustainable Development Framework, 2018-2022, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND THE UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office
Date visited: 14 June 2020

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