New UN office to support efforts of permanent forum on indigenous issues

In a bid to help indigenous peoples around the globe, the United Nations has opened a new office to provide expert support and advocacy on economic and social development and other related issues.

Development projects must respect indigenous peoples' rights, senior UN official says

Dam-building, new mines, road construction and other large-scale development projects should only be allowed after a thorough assessment of their impact on indigenous peoples, the senior United Nations environment official said today in Nairobi, Kenya.

UN Secretary-General Celebrates International Day of the World's Indigenous People

As celebrations were held across the globe to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan emphasized that much could be learned from their communities and their new forum at the United Nations.

UN forum on indigenous issues ends first session; Annan calls it 'historic' start

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today wrapped up its first-ever session, which Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed as an "historic" initial step towards meeting future challenges.

Session of UN forum on indigenous issues enters second week

Indigenous cultures must be preserved in today's globalized world and transmitted to future generations, an official from the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) today told the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Indigenous peoples need higher profile in mainstream media, UN panel told

Indigenous issues and indigenous people must be ensured a “fair shake” in the mainstream media, experts told a panel discussion held this afternoon at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Breaking new ground, UN forum on indigenous issues holds inaugural meeting

In a historic first, nearly 1,000 representatives of indigenous people from around the world gathered today at United Nations headquarters to attend the opening of a new UN body devoted to indigenous issues.

International community marks 'Day of World's Indigenous Peoples'

With celebratory activities planned at various United Nations offices around the globe, the International Day of the World's Indigenous People is being observed today to draw attention to the plight of this vulnerable group.