State of the World's Indigenous Peoples


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At its first session, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) requested the United Nations System to produce a report on the state of the world’s indigenous peoples (SOWIP). The first edition covered all six thematic areas of the Forum’s mandate (Economic and social development, Culture, Environment, Education, Health and Human rights. The second edition focused on Indigenous Peoples’ Access to Health Services. This third edition of SOWIP provides a comprehensive overview of the current achievements and challenges facing indigenous peoples centred on the theme of education. The report is evidence-based, through seven chapters that will depict the situation in the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation of the world’s indigenous peoples (Africa; Arctic; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific).




Indigenous peoples have always had their own way of generating and transmitting knowledge. Grounded in specific cultural contexts, their education systems have allowed them to survive as unique communities in a predatory environment. As indigenous peoples have been deprived of their territorial, economic and political autonomy, their customary beliefs and values have become vulnerable. Invariably, the loss of cultural identity and of pride in their languages, cultural practices and respect for elders has made indigenous peoples vulnerable to other pressures in the wider global culture.


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