International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union

August 9, 2023
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On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August 2023), the European Union reiterates its firm and continued commitment to the respect, protection and fulfilment of indigenous peoples’ rights as set out in international human rights law and in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


As this year the International Day is dedicated to “Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination”, we pay in particular tribute to the voices and agency of indigenous youth. Indigenous youth stand at the frontline of some of the most pressing crises humanity faces today, such as the loss of biodiversity and climate change. At the same time, they lack avenues for full participation in political and public life, to address challenges such as loss of territories, livelihoods and resources, or to advocate for self-determination and defend their rights. The EU continues to promote the participation of indigenous leaders and indigenous human rights defenders, including indigenous youth, in development processes and key global decision-making fora.


This year the EU has for example invested €2.3 million in a new Arctic Youth Dialogues initiative to involve Arctic and European youth, including indigenous youth, in policy and decision-making, for a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future for the region, in line with the EU’s Arctic Policy and the Youth Action Plan in EU external relations.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia
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