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Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples (2005-2014)

In December 2004, the General Assembly adopted a resolution (59/174) for a Second International Decade on Indigenous Peoples, which commenced on 1 January 2005.

The adoption of a Second Decade should be seen in the light of the enormous problems that indigenous peoples continue to face, despite the international efforts made during the first Decade. Read more about the First Decade by clicking in the left menu.

According to the resolution, the goal of the Second Decade shall be the further strengthening of international cooperation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous peoples in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment and social and economic development, by means of action-oriented programmes and specific projects, increased technical assistance and relevant standard-setting activities.

By the same resolution, the General Assembly also requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to the General Assembly at its sixtieth session on a comprehensive programme of action for the Second Decade based on the achievements of the first Decade.  A Programme of Action has been developed and can be viewed here.

IWGIA has also drawn up an "IWGIA Strategy for the 2nd UN Decade on Indigenous Peoples", which you can read by clicking here.

More information:

You can find more information about the two International Decades in IWGIA's publication "Indigenous Affairs 3/2004 - The UN Decade: Expectations and Realities" - click on the publication to the right

On the Permanent Forum's website you can also find information about the Second Decadel

In OHCHR's "Fact Sheet No. 9: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples" you can find information about the First Decade as well as the Working Group on Indigenous Populations and the Voluntary Fund for the International Decade.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as Coordinator of the first Decade, has submitted a number of reports to the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights regarding an evaluation of the first Decade, inlcuding:

Preliminary Review of the International Decade 1995-2004

Final Report Reviewing the Activities during the International Decade

You can also visit OHCHR's website