Indigenous Peoples and UNESCO
Indigenous peoples live in all regions of the world and own, occupy or use some 22% of global land area. Numbering at least 370-500 million, indigenous peoples represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity, and have created and speak the major share of the world’s almost 7000 languages. Many indigenous peoples continue to be confronted with marginalization, extreme poverty and other human rights violations. Through partnerships with indigenous peoples, UNESCO seeks to support them in addressing the multiple challenges they face, while acknowledging their significant role in sustaining the diversity of the world’s cultural and biological landscape.
In its current Medium-term Strategy (2008-2013), UNESCO places the needs of indigenous peoples amongst its priority areas for response.
Nominations for IPBES Workshop on Indigenous and Local Knowledge
New deadline: 15 April 2013
Nominations for relevant experts and stakeholders to attend an international workshop organized in the framework of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).