01.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

The «Epic of the Sakhalin Nivkhs» was presented in Moscow

The book «Epic of the Sakhalin Nivkh people» was presented in Moscow on Thursday, 31 October. This publication consists of folk heroic poems with a common theme and shows an overall picture of the life of the Russian Federation indigenous people inhabiting the Amur River estuary and Sakhalin Island.

For UNESCO, global sustainability must build on foundations that are local, that reflect the views and needs of local communities, including those of indigenous peoples. This is why UNESCO seeks to integrate culture at the heart of all development efforts – as a wellspring of identity and cohesion and a source of creativity and innovation.

No society can flourish without culture -- no development can be sustainable without it. Indigenous peoples know this better than most, as custodians to rich linguistic and cultural diversity, carrying unique knowledge of sustainable living and respect for biodiversity.

The United Nations 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognized that «respect for indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contributes to sustainable and equitable development and proper management of the environment». 

Publishing books like «Epic of the Sakhalin Nivkh people» gives an impact to sustainable development and the promotion of mutual understanding in the society. It helps to build vision of principles described in the United Nations 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.



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