Permanent Forum Sessions:
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum provides a global platform for expert advice and recommendations on indigenous to the Council. The Eighteenth Session (2019), will take place on 22 April – 3 May 2019 – at the UN Headquarters, New York. This year's theme is: “Traditional Knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection”
The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples was established by the General Assembly resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994. The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
See: Previous observances
United Nations and Indigenous peoples.
The United Nations Division of Economic and Social Affairs track the history of the indigenous issues and the UN since 1923.
On 22-23 September 2014, the First UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples took place in New York. This was a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the 69th General Assembly.
International Year and Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Learn more about the International Years and themes from the UN's Department of Economic Affairs : Indigenous Peoples Page
More information about the Declaration, including its procedural history is available through the Audiovisual Library of International Law.
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This guide is intended to provide delegates and UN Secretariat Staff with selected content from both UN and non-UN sources. It references third-party web sites, books and articles. It does not imply the endorsement of the content by the United Nations.
Books and articles can be accessed online within the UN Headquarters. Articles can be delivered to permanent mission by e-mail upon request.
The International Year of Indigenous Languages was launched by the United Nations General Assembly in 2016 by resolution (A/RES/71/178). The same year, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues expressed concern that 40 per cent of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages, majority of which were indigenous were in danger of disappearing . The International Year aims to foster awareness and strive to preserve, support and promote indigenous languages.
More information is provided by UNESCO.