70 years of development in 70 seconds: Indigenous Peoples

Since 1945, the United Nations have touched the lives of billions of people, facilitating momentous change in economic and social development worldwide.

In this series, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs highlights 70 years of development in 70 seconds.

In this episode, we look at the way the United Nations have worked together with the world’s indigenous populations, giving them access to a platform to discuss their unique concerns, protect their rights and preserve their ways of life.

For more information visit the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) website. The UNPFII is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, 13 September 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine). Click here to view the voting record.

A High-level commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was held on 17 May 2012. Click here to download the text of the resolution (A/RES/66/142) adopted by the General Assembly. For statements made during the High-level commemoration, please click here.

During the Durban Review Conference in April 2009, 182 States from all regions of the world reached consensus on an outcome document in which they “Welcome[d] the adoption of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples which has a positive impact on the protection of victims and, in this context, urge[d] States to take all necessary measures to implement the rights of indigenous peoples in accordance with international human rights instruments without discrimination…” (UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Outcome document of the Durban Review Conference , 24 April 2009, para. 73).

For more information on the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations: http://www.un.org/un70/en