Together, they speak more than 4,000 of the nearly 7,000 languages that are still used today.
Their territories cover about 20 percent of the earth's surface, overlapping many of the world's remaining areas of biological diversity. Their bio-cultural heritage plays an important role in the protection of this diversity and the ecosystems that house it.
Indigenous Peoples aren't accepting the "zero future"
With the help of national laws and international agreements like ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they are striving to secure their basic rights and help usher in a global climate of accountability, health, peace and goodwill between all nations and states.