News, events and stories on indigenous and tribal peoples

  1. © UN Photo/Kibae Park 2017

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Bridging the gap: Implementing the rights of indigenous peoples

    08 August 2014

    Message by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

  2. ILO Blog

    The triple whammy for indigenous women in Dhaka

    07 August 2014

    Indigenous peoples face common challenges in accessing education, jobs and social protection, says Lina Lushai, ILO National Project Officer in Bangladesh. She explains how promotion of decent employment can help relieve poverty and allow indigenous people to stay in their communities.

  3. UN Indigenous Peoples' Partnership

    Working together and getting results for indigenous peoples

    20 May 2014

    Indigenous peoples have a powerful ally that, in a few short years, has helped recognize and expand their rights in countries on three continents.

  4. Partnership

    Germany signs Declaration of Intent with ILO

    13 May 2014

    Agreement targets work on improving labour standards in global supply chains, creating jobs for young people, eliminating the worst forms of child labour, and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples.

  5. Indigenous peoples' rights

    Message by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    09 August 2013

  6. Indigenous Peoples’ rights

    An unprecedented gathering deep in the Amazon jungle

    06 August 2013

    Ahead of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on August 9th, ILO News looks at how the ILO’s Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169), is helping an indigenous tribe in north-eastern Peru to make their voices heard.

  7. © KyleEJohnson / Flickr 2017

    From Chile

    Indigenous communities take their place in the HIV battle

    16 April 2013

    The ILO and indigenous communities in Chile team up to battle discrimination and implement HIV guidelines in the transport sector.

  8. Local development

    Tourism benefits Viet Nam’s rural poor

    01 November 2012

    Inland hilltribe villagers in Quang Nam province have increased their earnings by developing products such as traditional weavings, spices, tea gift baskets and home stay services for tourists, with the help of an ILO project and funding from the Luxembourg Government. By Tran Quynh Hoa, ILO Country Office for Viet Nam.

  9. Event

    National level training for government officials on indigenous and tribal peoples’ issues

    ILO and the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA) jointly organized a two days long national level training for government officials on UN Human Rights Instruments and national laws concerning indigenous and tribal peoples of Bangladesh. 40 government officers from different line ministries including 12 Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs) from the plain land districts participated in the training programme.

  10. Statement

    ILO Director-General's message for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2012

    09 August 2012

    "Indigenous media, Empowering indigenous voices" – the theme of this year’s observance is a reminder that the voice and participation of indigenous and tribal peoples are indispensable in shaping a future that respects their dignity. The plight of many of the world’s indigenous and tribal women and men testifies to the urgency of the need.