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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples to be observed with theme of 'Indigenous Languages'
This year the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is going to be observed on August 9 with the theme "Indigenous Languages" and the year 2019 has been declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

This year, the observance is meant to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote them at both national and international levels. 

"There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures," informs the United Nations calling indigenous peoples as inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment.

Though the international community has recognized the need protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life and at the same time it reports, "The large majority of the languages in danger are spoken by indigenous peoples. It is estimated that, every 2 weeks, an indigenous language disappears, placing at risk the respective indigenous cultures and knowledge systems." That is why, on this International Day, the

According a notification, at the UN Headquarters observance celebration will take place on August 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be webcast live.

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