On This Day 9 August

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-08-09
In 1173 the construction of the Tower of Pisa began; in 1892 Edison received the patent for a 2-way telegraph; in 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki; in 1965 Singapore separated from Malaysia. In 1982 the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations met.

In 1982 the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations had their first meeting

The working group was a subsidiary body of the United Nations and established in 1982. It's mandate was:

  • review developments pertaining to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples
  • give attention to the evolution of international standards concerning indigenous rights

When the United Nations Human Rights Council was established the working group was disbanded. In 1994 the General Assembly pronounced that 9th August would mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous People marking the day of the first meeting back in 1982.

The United Nations have some very interesting material on their website which is well worth the time looking through.

Did you know:

  • there are 476 million peoples across 90 countries; representing 6.2% of the population
  • more than 86% of indigenous people work in the informal economy compared to 66% of non-indigenous
  • three times as likely to be living in extreme poverty
  • 47% have no education; the gap is wider for women

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The impact of Covid-19 on indigenous and tribal peoples

Other events on this day

  • 1173: construction of the Tower of Pisa began
  • 1892: Edison received a patent for a 2-way telegraph
  • 1945: "Fat Man" dropped on the city of Nagasaki
  • 1965: Singapore separated from the Federation of Malaysia and gained independence
  • 1982: first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations
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