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By the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Secretariat
Achieving universal human rights, development, and peace and security is often regarded as one of the UN’s
most demanding goals. In many respects, its grandiose ambitions are both
the UN’s greatest strength and challenge Despite historic gains achieved during
a persistent resentment that the lowest of the poor, the most
Discriminated against people still lack essential human rights, growth and safety.
Concerns of indigenous peoples have not always been heard at the UN, and for decades
despite the Organization’s existence, they were ignored. Slowly, the United
Nations system has recently made attempts to make up for previous mistakes, progressively constructing
collaborations with natives
Indigenous peoples (numbering over 370) have had a vibrant and dynamic interaction.
million in 90 countries—and the UN, a complex relationship that has created at
three outcomes: Concerns and rights of indigenous peoples are now being recognized.
First Nations’ essential contribution to humanity’s cultural variety and legacy, not least
traditional wisdom; and c) a recognition of the need to address indigenous concerns
budgets, laws, and policies Along with the decolonization and human rights movements,
The indigenous movement is one of the most active civil society movements.
UN interlocutors since 1945