UN chief pledges to do "everything possible" to support indigenous peoples

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Embera indigenous people in Colombia. UN Photo/Mark Garten

It is critical for indigenous peoples and their institutions to participate more directly in United Nations activities.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on Monday.

Representatives and leaders of indigenous groups from around the world have gathered at UN headquarters in New York for the conference to voice their concerns about land, resources and their rights.

The Secretary-General noted that the outcome document of the conference contains action-oriented commitments to bridge the gap between promises and results.

"The Outcome Document also requests that I develop concrete proposals to enable indigenous peoples and their institutions to more directly participate in our UN activities. This is critical for indigenous communities – and for our world. The Outcome Document also asks me to appoint a high-level official on indigenous peoples. I will give this my most serious consideration."

Mr. Ban said the United Nations will do everything possible to support indigenous peoples.

He said the UN counts on their engagement in the global drive for a more sustainable future.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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