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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

9 August @ 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM UTC-5

Virtual Commemoration on 9 August 2023 – Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination

(09-10:30am EST/New York time)

Link to register:

Interpretation will be available in English and Spanish.

Event Format 

The virtual commemoration will include an opening segment with a traditional ceremony, followed by a pre-recorded statement from UN high level officials and a virtual statement from the Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The interactive dialogue segment will include the participation of invited speakers and a moderator. Speakers will share their expertise and experience from their Indigenous Peoples’ communities in the role of Indigenous youth in exercising self-determination in the context of climate action and the green transition; mobilizing for justice; and intergenerational connections.

Invited speakers

– Traditional Opening Ceremony – conducted by Mr Joe Baker (Lenape)

– Video message by Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

– Message by Mr Dario Jose Mejía Montalvo, UNPFII Chairperson

Panel members

– Ms Josefa Tauli (Ibaloi-Kankanaey Igorot)

– Ms Autumn Adams (Yakama)

– Mr Luis Acosta (Nasa)

– Moderator: Ms Aminatu Gambo Samira (Mbororo-Fulani)

– Commentary on youth engagement: Ms Rosa-Máren Juuso (Saami)

– Closing remarks by Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, Her Excellency Leonor Zalabata Torres (Arhuaco)


CoNGO Notes: For information about the collaborative work of NGOs on the above issues, visit the substantive committees under the auspices of CoNGO. Visit here for specific information about the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


9 August
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM UTC-5
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