IPC-IG supports World’s Indigenous People Day
“We must ensure the participation of indigenous peoples – women and men – in decision-making at all levels. This includes discussions on accelerating action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and defining the post-2015 development agenda.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Brasília, August 9, 2003 – Today we celebrate the World’s Indigenous People 2013, which brings the need for Indigenous People to build alliances, honour treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.
This actually is a reminder of the importance of honouring what is negotiated between states, citizens and indigenous peoples in order to recognize the latter’s rights pertaining to land whilst creating a feasible framework for peaceful coexistence and engage in economic relationships. This day is also to remember the different indigenous people sharing the same land in accordance to the principles of friendship, cooperation and peace.
The United Nations will celebrate the date with an event at its headquarters in New York, which will have the presence of the UN Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a delegate of Panama, a representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, and an indigenous representative. It will be broadcasted live on the UN WebTV.
Additionally, to celebrate the event hundreds of indigenous and non-indigenous people will meet at Pier 96 at 57th Street in Manhattan at 10am. The groups travelled thousands of miles together on rivers and horsebacks to honour the first treaty concluded between the Dutch immigrants and the Haudenosaunee – a confederacy of six nations, which had its capital in the Onondaga nation in the State of New York in 1613. Thus, the group will meet with members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 1:30 PM
Finally, to show its support to the day, the UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth calls attention of the need to Indigenise Development, a concept developed in the Poverty in Focus Issue Number 17. This issue highlights that among the many social groups that have been historically excluded, indigenous peoples comprise one that offers great challenges to development.
Although their assimilation has been a goal of the national societies that engulfed them, it is disputable whether indigenous peoples desire the type of social inclusion that development, in its many forms, can produce.
At the same time, development seems irreversible, and resistance to it might have consequences far more adverse than those brought by acceptance. Thus, the best way to overcome the challenges seems to be to indigenise development: to put it to work on behalf of indigenous peoples instead of putting them to work for a model of development that is not only alien to them but that frequently does violence to their culture.
The international day to celebrate the Indigenous People was first proclaimed by the UN in 1994 to be celebrated every year throughout the first decade of the world’s indigenous people (1994 – 2005). Such celebrations were renovated on 2005, as the UN’s General Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade from 2005 – 2014, bringing the topic “A Decade for Action and Dignity”.
To know more about IPC-IG’s publications pertaining to indigenous people, please access:
Poverty in Focus #17 – Indigenising Development
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