UN celebrates five years of indigenous rights declaration

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Grand Chief Edward John

Indigenous peoples who have gathered in New York for their annual session in New York celebrated the fifth anniversary of a UN declaration on their rights.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007 after more than two decades of debate.

It outlines the rights of the world's estimated 370 million indigenous peoples and prohibits discrimination against them.

Grand Chief Edward John of Canada, the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, spoke to reporters about the importance of the Declaration.

"At the moment it was adopted in the Assembly here it became another unique international instrument for a range and a set of standards that would be the foundation for the continued survival of indigenous peoples and for their dignity and well being. And so today we are commemorating that and still remembering that there is still a lot of work to be done ahead of us."

Duration: 24"

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