This world day is an opportunity for the United Nations to highlight the presence of more than 476 million indigenous people living in 90 countries. This represents 6.2% of the world’s population and a diversity of unique cultures, traditions, languages and knowledge systems. Unfortunately, indigenous populations are three times more likely to live in extreme poverty than other peoples.
For this reason, in 2022, the United Nations launched an appeal to all to establish a new social contract involving indigenous peoples. “We must demand the inclusion, participation and approval of Indigenous Peoples in building a system with social and economic benefits for all.”
This year, the UN is promoting the theme “Indigenous youth as agents of change for self-determination”. The aim is to highlight the role of young indigenous people who are already working in a number of areas such as climate action, justice for their people, and intergenerational links to keep their culture and traditions alive.
An event will feature speakers sharing their knowledge and experience of the role of young people in their respective communities. Interpretation will be provided in English and Spanish.
At the same time, it’s worth recalling the existence of the Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032), for which UNESCO has put together a number of relevant resources.
In addition, this day is an invitation to discover the photo exhibition “The World In Faces”, a tribute to the right of indigenous peoples to their cultures, identities and traditions and to self-determination. It was presented in 2019 at a meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.