By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the General Assembly decided to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on 9 August every year during the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. In 2004 the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade by resolution 59/174. The goal of this Decade is to further strengthen international cooperation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous people in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, and social and economic development.
In April 2000, the Commission on Human Rights adopted a resolution to establish the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which was endorsed by the Economic and Social Council in resolution 2000/22 of 28 July 2000. The mandate of the Permanent Forum is to discuss indigenous issues related to culture, economic and social development, education, the environment, health and human rights.
IFSW President Gary Bailey says that ” the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) joins with other individuals and organizations around the world in advocating for the cessation of the continued maltreatment and the continued inequity and disparities experienced by so many of the worlds indigenous peoples. We draw attention to the IFSW policy on Indigenous People and its recommendations as an example of how we as social workers can begin to rectify years of maltreatment “