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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
9 August 2007
 

On the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People, we are pleased to invite you to the free screening of the Film "Making a difference" (Changeons les choses) produced by Anders Dencker Christensen and Danish AV Production. The documentary film presents the reality experienced by indigenous peoples in several of the world's regions and highlights the efforts as well as the difficulties that they have faced to have a say in the international arena.

Date: August 9, 2007, from 20:00 - 22:30
Film Duration: 60 minutes.
Language: English.
Venue: Salle Michel Simon, CAC Voltaire, Maison des Arts du Grutli, Geneve.
(6 Rue du Général -Dufour, 1204 Geneva) Free entrance.

The occasion will be inaugurated by the 2007 OHCHR Indigenous Fellows belonging to the peoples Sami from Finland, Tripura from Bangladesh, Mbororo Fulani from Cameroon, Higaonon from Philipines and Crimean tatars from Ukraine. Traditional dances and songs of the Tchouktches from Siberia will be performed by Olga Letykai Csonka.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the present film do not necessarily represent the views of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and should be only be attributed to the author.

 

About the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed by the International community every year on 9 August.

The Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of indigenous peoples' cultures and the great diversity that they represent. It is also an occasion to redouble efforts to address issues of exclusion, discrimination and poverty that are still the daily reality for many of these peoples.

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Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and the MDGs

About the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the major framework for development achievements for all. They stem from the Millennium Declaration adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000 and identify major focus for joint efforts of the international community in areas as poverty reduction, education, health, environment and development cooperation.

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The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Despite international recognition and acceptance of international human rights standards that guarantee the fundamental rights of all human beings, international law concerning collective human rights remains vague and fails to protect the group rights of indigenous peoples. What was needed was the development of new international documents addressing the specific needs of the world's indigenous peoples. The United Nations draft Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples aims to do further.

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Key Facts about Indigenous Peoples

Did you know that.

•  Indigenous Peoples have been estimated to be more than 370 millions of individuals living in more than 70 countries distributed in all regions of the world.

•  There are at least 5000 different indigenous groups in the world, representing different cultures of the existing diversity of our planet.

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The OHCHR and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples have been identified as special groups within the key areas of focus of the OHCHR's work. That is why the High Commissioner and her office are instrumental in building capacities for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. OHCHR organizes inter-agency meetings, workshops and seminars as well as human rights' trainings; it implements activities at the country level to assist States in addressing indigenous issues and carries out research and analysis on contemporary issues and pressing concerns of indigenous peoples.

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Human Interest Stories

Going back to her roots - Gulnara Abbasova, a Crimean Tatar from UkraineGoing back to her roots - Gulnara Abbasova, a Crimean Tatar from Ukraine The Cry of the Forest – the indigenous Higaonon Community in the PhilippinesThe Cry of the Forest – the indigenous Higaonon Community in the Philippines

Climbing hills of injustice in North-West Cameroon – Rahamatu the Mbororo-FulaniClimbing hills of injustice in North-West Cameroon – Rahamatu the Mbororo-Fulani From refugee to human rights activist - Binota Moy Dhamai, a Tripura from BangladeshFrom refugee to human rights activist - Binota Moy Dhamai, a Tripura from Bangladesh

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STATEMENTS

Message of the Secretary-General on the International Day of the World's Indigenous People 9 August 2007
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Joint Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Rapporteur
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