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By the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Secretariat of the United Nations
The United Nations is widely regarded as one of humanity’s most ambitious initiatives, aiming to achieve
universal human rights, prosperity, and peace and security. In many respects, its high ambitions are both
ambitious and lofty.
the UN’s greatest strength as well as its biggest problem Despite the fact that enormous progress was achieved
Throughout the United Nations’ first sixty years, there has been a persistent discontent that the poorest of the
poor have received the least attention.
People who are marginalized and discriminated against continue to lack essential human rights, growth, and
Indigenous peoples’ concerns have not always been heard in the United Nations, especially in the early decades.
Their voices were not heard throughout the Organization’s existence. This has gradually altered, and the United
In recent years, the United Nations organization has made a number of initiatives to make amends for previous
mistakes, increasingly focusing on
collaboration with indigenous peoples
There has been a vibrant and dynamic interaction amongst indigenous peoples (numbering over 370).
million people in 90 countries—and the United Nations, a complex interaction that has created at least
at least three outcomes: a) heightened awareness of indigenous peoples’ problems and human rights; b)
acceptance of indigenous peoples’ rights;
The essential contribution of indigenous peoples to humanity’s cultural variety and legacy, not least via their
traditional wisdom; and c) an understanding of the necessity to solve indigenous peoples’ challenges via
Budgets, policies, and legislation Along with the decolonization and human rights movements, as well as the
In addition to the women’s and environmental movements, the indigenous movement has been one of the most
active civil society movements.
Since 1945, they have been United Nations interlocutors.