The United Nations Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 and entered into force on 24 October 1945. The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was announced on 10 December 1948. These two dates marked historic progress for Human Rights for all peoples on earth but especially for the indigenous people of the world. Although the development that included the active participation of indigenous peoples was tough in the beginning, progress could be noted. And seen retroactively, the development went quickly and in the right direction.
The cobo definition, the right to self-identification, the Declaration of rights of Indigenous Peoples (Undrip), the Permanent Forum and the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples ’Rights, the Expert Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Agenda 2030 etc is today the natural element for all of the world’s indigenous peoples.
Today, 24 October 2020, the Sámi nation celebrates its success and pays tribute to the work done by indigenous delegates and predecessors within the UN system.