First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: Governments pledge action to advance indigenous rights

Scattered across the globe, indigenous peoples are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations on earth. Braving injustice and discrimination, many have been deprived of their human rights, their ancestral lands and the natural resources that are essential to their survival.

First-ever indigenous peoples’ world conference concludes with focus on climate

With climate change taking centre stage at the United Nations, the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples wrapped up today with a focus on Mother Earth and the future of the planet.

Success of Indigenous Peoples World Conference 'integral to humanity's progress' – Ban

Opening today the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that deliberations and decisions made during the two-day event will reverberate across the world, with concrete impacts on the lives of millions.

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples opens at UN headquarters

The week of high-level events that marks the opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual general debate kicks off today with the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

Voices of indigenous peoples must be heard on issues affecting them, UN rights body told

The voices of indigenous peoples must be effectively heard and they must be consulted on issues that affect them, including rights to land and resources, the United Nations Human Rights Council heard today.

On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be 'powerful agents of progress'

Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”

Ahead of International Day, UN spotlights rights of indigenous peoples

Kicking off its observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations today highlighted the importance of advancing the rights those people s and communities to bridge the development gap.

Upcoming world conference dominates 2014 session of UN Forum on Indigenous issues

Calls for the full, equal and effective participation by the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples in the upcoming, first-ever World Conference devoted to the realization of their rights gained momentum during a two-week annual forum at United Nations Headquarters.

Challenges facing indigenous peoples of Asia spotlighted as UN Forum continues 2014 session

Non-recognition and marginalization of indigenous populations of Asia, home to two-thirds of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples, and a growing concern of rising violence against indigenous women and girls surfaced at the mid-way point of the annual UN gathering of indigenous peoples around the world.

Indigenous Forum opens with UN officials highlighting sustainable development agenda

Indigenous peoples must be a part of the ongoing process to define a global development agenda beyond 2015, United Nations officials said today, calling for explicit assertion of their collective rights as well as the promotion of traditional knowledge to tackle issues such as climate change, as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened its 2014 session.