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 Theme: COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August – The day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1994 to promote the protection and rights of Indigenous people and celebrate indigenous people’s culture and achievements all around the world.

While the exact origins of COVID-19 have not yet been confirmed, the link between environmental damage and pandemics is well known to leading research organizations. But there is yet another group of experts, who have been worrying about the threat of a pandemic even before COVID-19: indigenous peoples. Thanks to their traditional knowledge and their relationship with the natural world, they have long known that the degradation of the environment has the potential to unleash disease.

The International Day observance will take place on Monday, 10 August 2020 from 9 am to 11 am in a virtual event.

The virtual event’s theme is “COVID-19 and indigenous people’s resilience” and will feature an interactive panel discussion with several guest speakers.

For more information about the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020, click here.

or visit the United Nations website here