UN stresses honouring treaties between States and indigenous groups
Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, United Nations officials urged governments to honour the treaties and agreements established with their indigenous groups. The theme of this year’s World Indigenous Day aims to highlight the importance of honouring arrangements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples that were designed to recognize indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands and establish a framework for living in proximity and entering into economic relationships.

In his remarks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted it was important to involve indigenous groups in discussion regarding the post-2015 development agenda, ensuring their culture, identity and perspective are taken into account when defining priorities. With more than 5,000 distinct indigenous groups in some 90 countries, indigenous people make up more than 5 per cent of the world’s population, representing 370 million people.

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