07.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

World Indigenous Games, Brazil, 2015: celebrating is what matters!


The Ministry of Sports in Brazil (ME), the Intertribal Committee (ITC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have the pleasure to present the synthesis publication of the World Indigenous Games, which occurred in the city of Palmas, in the state of Tocantins (Brazil), 22 to 31 October, 2015. It was a unique opportunity to gather 2 thousand athletes representing 30 nationalities and 24 ethnicities.


This event further reinforces what has been advocated by important international legal instruments in the area, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and the Declaration of Punta del Este (1999). Both instruments urge countries to value indigenous and traditional games and culture, including the development of a ‘global list of sports and games’ and the promotion of ‘world and regional festivals’.

Brasília: UNDP, 2017. 100 p., illus.

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