International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2014 - UN Secretary-General's Message for 2014

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UN Secretary-General's Message for 2014

This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples comes at a critical moment as the world endeavours to meet the Millennium Development Goals, forge a new vision for sustainable development and prepare the groundwork for the adoption of a new legal climate agreement – all by 2015.

Indigenous peoples have a central interest in these objectives – and can act as powerful agents of progress. In order for them to contribute to our common future, we must secure their rights.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples establishes minimum standards for their survival, dignity, well-being and rights. But huge gaps remain between those ideals and the circumstances facing most of the world’s indigenous peoples.

Ban Ki-moon

To view the full message please follow this link:  UN Secretary-General's Message for 2014 


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