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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2023

August 9 All day

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.

Event Format 

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.

Invited speakers

– 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

Panel members

– 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)

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