International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
9 August 2011 (UN Headquarters, New York)

The 17th commemoration of the International Day will be held on 9 August 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme Indigenous designs: celebrating stories and cultures, crafting our own future. A panel discussion on this theme and a screening of the film Harmony of Culture and Nature will take place from 2:30 pm to 6 pm at the ECOSOC Chamber of the North Lawn Building. Those wishing to attend but do not hold UN grounds passes must confirm their participation by sending an email to: by noon of 4 August 2011 indicating name, affiliation and contact information. On the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that indigenous peoples are custodians of a valuable and often fast-disappearing cultural heritage, but face many challenges in maintaining their identity, traditions and customs, and their cultural contributions are at times exploited and commercialized with little or no recognition. He stressed that the international community must “work harder to recognize and strengthen their right to control their intellectual property, and help them to protect, develop and be compensated fairly for the cultural heritage and traditional knowledge that is ultimately of benefit to us all.” Further information, including the day’s programme … Read the Secretary-General’s message …