UNESCO’s pledge on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2013.
In 2013, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples celebrates the importance of constructive alliances, agreements and arrangements to protect the rights of indigenous peoples.
In a world undergoing rapid environmental change and societies experiencing deep transformation, solidarity must be our guiding principle – solidarity embodied in alliances amongst indigenous groups and with non-indigenous partners -- to safeguard and promote unique identities, languages, knowledge systems and worldviews. This is especially important as we shape the contours of a new global development agenda to follow 2015.
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