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August 7: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous people make up to less than five percent of the total population of the world.


Devdiscourse News Desk 09 Aug 2018, 05:16 AM
  • Indigenous people make up to less than five percent of the total population of the world. (Image Credit: Twitter)

August 9 marks the celebration of rights of indigenous people all over the world. According to UN, an estimated 370 million indigenous people are live across in more than 90 countries.

Indigenous people make up to less than five percent of the total population of the world. But they account for 15 percent of the poorest.

They represent 5,000 different cultures and speak more than 7, 000 languages. They are considered to be closest with nature and environment. The inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures, they have different social, cultural, economic and political characteristics.

Today, these Indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable groups fighting for their rights. 

But in due time, the various international communities are coming forward to protect rights of the most disadvantaged groups.

This year the theme of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement.

Following the trend of better opportunities in the cities, the Indigenous peoples are also becoming a part of urbanization. They are migrating to urban areas seeking better life prospects in terms of education and employment. Wars, conflict, natural disasters, climate change also are a major force behind the large-scale migration of these groups.

Latin America has close to 40 percent of indigeneous peoples living in urband areas. They face many challenges, including lack of access to public services and additional layers of discrimination.

The first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations was held in Geneva in 1982.

As per the information available on the DESA page, the observance of the 2018 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples will take place today from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the ECOSOC chambers at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The theme of 2018 will look for the causes and solutions of migration, trans-border movement, and displacement. A special emphasis will be on the ones living across international borders.

 


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