International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples celebrates the world's 370 million indigenous peoples. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples establishes minimum standards for their survival, dignity, well-being and rights. But huge gaps remain between those ideals and reality. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, "the interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed."
The impacts of climate change are already being experienced across the globe. That is why United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit: to catalyze action on the ground to reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political will for a global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature. The costs of inaction - in ecological, human and financial terms - far outweigh the costs of action now.