South Sudan President urged not to “betray” hopes for peace

South Sudan’s President has been urged by the UN Secretary-General not to “betray and disappoint” international hopes for peace in his country.

Political infighting in the world’s youngest country has led to the deaths of thousands of people over the past two years.

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New global agenda promises sustainable future for all

A new global development agenda that promises a sustainable future for all people and the planet has been adopted by the 193 countries that make up the United Nations.

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UN expert calls on Assembly to adopt declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples

Member States should follow the lead of the United Nations Human Rights Council and quickly adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples without change, an independent UN expert has told the General Assembly.

Latin America must fight discrimination against indigenous people – UNICEF

With Latin America’s indigenous peoples lagging way behind the non-indigenous population in both income levels and human development indicators such as education, health, access to water and sanitation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling for an all-out battle against inequality.

Indigenous leaders, activists plan anti-poverty strategies at UN forum

Some 1,500 indigenous leaders and their supporters will hold a meeting at the United Nations starting next week to create strategies to meet the first two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and providing universal primary education.

Development plans for indigenous peoples must take into account their goals, UN says

With 300 million indigenous people pushed to the margins in many countries, the United Nations agency for agricultural development convened representatives from five countries to discuss integrating their perspectives into the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) designed to halve extreme poverty worldwide.

Indigenous people have enjoyed only small gains in past decade: UN expert

The International Decade of the World's Indigenous People brought only modest achievements, and indigenous people continue to endure below-average living standards, unequal access to justice and the loss of traditional territories, the United Nations official charged with spotlighting their human rights says.

Action needed now to end abuse of world’s indigenous peoples – UN

The United Nations today marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People with calls to governments, intergovernmental organizations and the international community at-large for urgent action to end the gross human rights abuses, discrimination and marginalization that all too often are still their lot in society.

Indigenous education boosts women’s health and education prospects – UN

A supportive policy environment as well as political commitment is needed to ensure quality indigenous education both as a right in itself and as a means to improve the economic and health prospects of women, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has been told.

UN-backed information summit called on to help progress of indigenous peoples

Indigenous people today called on a United Nations-backed global information summit to put information and communications technologies (ICTs) into the service of economic and social development in their communities around the world.