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“Of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, linguists say, nearly half are in danger of extinction and are likely to disappear in this century. In fact, they are now falling out of use at a rate of about one every two weeks.”

Read the full New York Times article

• There are more than 5,000 different groups of indigenous peoples living in more than 70 countries (IFAD)

• In Guatemala 86.6% of indigenous peoples are poor, and in Mexico 80.6% of them are poor (World Bank)

• Latin America’s 50 million indigenous people make up 11% of the region’s population (IFAD)

– Learn more interesting statistics from IFAD

“Reconciliation should also be a specific commitment to address human rights, like the rights to health and housing, education and employment, rights to culture and identity so that the quality of life for indigenous peoples…”

Read more about the how the UN is striving to honor and assist indigenous peoples

 

Nearly half of the world's languages are in danger of being forgotten

50%

Indigenous people account for 1/3 of the world's extremely poor people

33%

Indigenous people now make up only four percent of the global population

4%