2020: 400 million indigenous people affected by Covid-19

Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,drews attention to the “devastating” impact of the pandemic on indigenous peoples around the world.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on more than 476 million indigenous people around the world, highlighted the Secretary-General.

In his message the UN chief also highlighted the extraordinary resilience shown by indigenous peoples in the face of overwhelming challenges.

‘Indigenous peoples must be consulted in all efforts to build back stronger and recover better”, Guterres said.

To read the full letter:


The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9 August in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982.

(Jorge Jordán)

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