International Day of the World's Indigenous People, celebrated annually on August 9, was established in 1994 by the UN General Assembly (resolution A/RES/49/214). On this day in 1992, the first meeting of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights was held, which stated that:
“On this International Day of the World's Indigenous People, we pay tribute to the richness of indigenous cultures and the special contribution they make to the world's family of peoples. We are also mindful of the enormous hardships many indigenous peoples face, from unacceptable levels of poverty and disease to dispossession, discrimination and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
The First International Decade of the World's Indigenous People, launched in 1995, helped to make the voice of indigenous peoples heard more clearly around the world and raise awareness of indigenous issues.