First-ever UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples opens

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Tadodaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, delivers the ceremonial welcome to participants at the opening of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Seven years after signing a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, delegates at the UN are poised to seal the deal.

The first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples opened on Monday in New York.

Member States adopted a formal document fulfilling their promise to implement the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration prohibits discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

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