Celebrate the Unique Cultures, Languages, and Values of Indigenous Peoples
Published on: 09.08.2019
August 9 is observed every year as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
According to the United Nations, there are about 370 million indigenous people in the world living in 90 different countries.
Indigenous people are the guardians of 80 percent of global biodiversity.
Further on, the way how they manage their natural resources can contribute to mitigating climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), indigenous people are key allies to achieve the 2030 Agenda due to their knowledge and experience.
They also speak over 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. The 2019 Theme is dedicated to their languages and on the urgent need to preserve and promote them.
According to the UN, it is estimated that an indigenous language disappears every two weeks.
Language is a crucial factor regarding issues related to education, technological development, environment protection, expression, social inclusion and many more.
“Indigenous languages are disappearing at an alarming rate, each one taking with it a cultural and intellectual heritage. We must protect languages under threat of extinction,” Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres said on Friday.