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Indigenous Issues: Quick Guide

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The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples will be observed on 9 August 2017.  This year’s theme is: “10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. The declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples, adopted by the UN General Assembly A/RES/70/295 on 13 September 2007.

Permanent Forum Sessions:

UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

On 22-23 September 2014, the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples took place in New York. This was a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the 69th General Assembly.

UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On 13 September 2007 the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted as a resolution (A/RES/61/295) by the General Assembly.  

You can learn more about the Declaration, including its procedural history in the Audiovisual Library of International Law.

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Access to electronic Resources

Books and articles can be accessed online within the UN Headquarters. Articles can be delivered to permanent mission by e-mail upon request.


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