ISLAMABAD: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
The day also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2014, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.”
The focus of this year’s International Day is “Bridging the gap:implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”.
The theme aims to highlight the importance of implementing the rights of indigenous peoples through policies and programmes at both the national and international level working together towards this common goal with governments, the United Nations system, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders.
On December 23, 1994, the UN General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People should be observed on August 9 annually during the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People.