Global Partnership to advance the Rights of Indigenous Peoples launched
Even though indigenous peoples are known for their rich cultures, knowledge and identities, they continue to be among the most marginalized groups in society, with no or limited access to decision-making processes that have an impact on their lives and future.
According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his opening remarks for the 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (New York, 16-27 May), “Millions of indigenous peoples continue to lose their lands, their rights and their resources. They make up one-third of the world’s one billion rural poor. And they are among the most vulnerable and marginalized of any group.”
To better promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples, the United Nations-Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP) was launched on the sidelines of the 10th session. This first global UN inter-agency initiative, involving the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will provide a programmatic focus on indigenous peoples at the country level, supported and complemented by strategic interventions at regional and international levels. (...)
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