ISLAMABAD: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2014 will be on Saturday tomorrow across the globe including Pakistan with theme ,”Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the occasion :”The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.”
This year its 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 stakeholder.
The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.