August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Posted on:09 Aug 2016 18:20:41
August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
09 August 2016 Current Affairs: The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed every year on 9 August to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. 

Significance of the Day : It recognizes the contributions and achievements of the indigenous people to improve world issues such as environmental protection. 2016 Theme: “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education”. 

The theme is devoted to the right to education of indigenous people as a critical education gap exists between indigenous peoples and the general population. The right of indigenous peoples to education is also protected by a number of other international instruments including Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

The Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also calls for ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including indigenous peoples.

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was pronounced by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with adoption of resolution 49/214 on 23 December 1994. The date marks the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in 1982.

 

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