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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
August 1, 2020
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9th each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
About International Days Observed by the United Nations: International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.
This year’s theme is COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience. The event will feature a panel discussion on Monday, August 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the innovative ways indigenous peoples continue demonstrating resilience and strength in the face of the pandemic while confronting grave threats to their survival. The aim is to highlight how the preservation and promotion of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices can be leveraged more fully during this pandemic and build back stronger. Learn more.