International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries.

August 9 is commemorated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.

Each year this day is celebrated around the world. A commemorative event is also organized at the United Nations Headquarters in New York by the Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch – Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which brings together indigenous peoples’ organizations, UN agencies, Member States, civil society, academia and the general public.

Join us in spreading the United Nations’ message on the protection and promotion of their rights and in commemorating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples!