On 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided, in its resolution 49/214, that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
The International Day observance will take place online on Wednesday, 9 August 2023.
This year’s theme is: Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination.
– Climate Action and the Green Transition
– Mobilizing for Justice
– Intergenerational connections
To read the concept note click here.
Virtual Commemoration on 9 August 2023 – Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination
(09-11am EST/New York time)
Link to register: https://tinyurl.com/Indigenous23
Interpretation will be available in English and Spanish.
The virtual commemoration will include an opening segment with a traditional ceremony, followed by a pre-recorded statement from UN high level officials and a virtual statement from the Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The interactive dialogue segment will include the participation of invited speakers and a moderator. Speakers will share their expertise and experience from their Indigenous Peoples’ communities in the role of Indigenous youth in exercising self-determination in the context of climate action and the green transition; mobilizing for justice; and intergenerational connections.
– Traditional Opening Ceremony – conducted by Mr Joe Baker (Lenape)
– Video message by Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
– Message by Mr Dario Jose Mejía Montalvo, UNPFII Chairperson
– Ms Josefa Tauli (Ibaloi-Kankanaey Igorot)
– Ms Autumn Adams (Yakama)
– Mr Luis Acosta (Nasa)
– Moderator: Ms Aminatu Gambo Samira (Mbororo-Fulani)
– Commentary on youth engagement: Ms Rosa-Máren Juuso (Saami)