Protect rights of world's indigenous population: UN
The 19th commemoration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (IDWIP) will be held on Friday, 9 of August 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York, organized by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues DSPD/DESA, the United Nations Department of Public Information, and the NGO Committee on the Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples, states the UN release on its website.
The theme of IDWIP this year is “Indigenous Designs: Celebrating Stories and Cultures, Crafting our Own Future". According to the UN, IDWIP commemoration at the UN headquarters is an afternoon event by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to which the representatives of Member States, UN Agencies, indigenous peoples' fora, other non-governmental organizations and the media are invited to attend.
On the occasion of IDWIP commemoration, there will be statements delivered on behalf of the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - DESA, the Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and others, adds the release.
Also, on this occasion, an interactive dialogue entitled “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements", will take place in the afternoon. The main aim of the observance is to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
The IDWIP was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994 and educational institutions were urged to organise events such as educational forums and classroom activities to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous peoples.
It is interesting to note that the logo for the observance is the artwork by Rebang Dewan, a Chakma boy from Bangladesh which features two ears of green leaves facing each other and cradling a globe resembling planet earth. Within the globe is a picture of a handshake against a landscape background.