UN chief calls for concrete steps to address challenges facing indigenous peoples

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Member States to work to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples around the world.

Mr. Ban spoke at an event in New York on Friday afternoon to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

The day this year focused on the importance of honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples.

Secretary-General Ban said such consensual arrangements enable better understanding of the views and values of indigenous peoples.

"Today, I urge Member States to take concrete steps to address the challenges facing indigenous peoples, especially their marginalization and exclusion, by honouring all commitments and examining what more can be done. Let us work together to strengthen indigenous peoples' rights and support their aspirations.”

Secretary-General Ban welcomed more than 200 rowers who arrived in Manhattan in the City of New York on Friday morning after travelling thousands of miles to honour the 1613 Tow Row Wampum treaty.

The agreement was the first between Dutch immigrants and an alliance of indigenous peoples of North America whose capital is in the Onondaga nation in New York State.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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