USAID/Guatemala Celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

A short message from Anu Rajaraman, Mission Director of USAID/Guatemala, in recognition and celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

On August 9, 2020, USAID celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples as part of its commitment to inclusive and sustainable development. USAID/Guatemala fosters partnerships between Guatemala’s Indigenous Peoples, government, civil society, and the private sector to ensure that Indigenous Peoples have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Learn more about USAID’s Policy on Promoting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and how the Agency is making this policy a reality in Guatemala.

Video Transcript 
[Español] Hola. Mi nombre es Anu Rajaraman y tengo el honor de ser la Directora de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional, USAID, en Guatemala. A través de nuestra Estrategia de Interacción con Pueblos Indígenas, reconocemos que trabajar con y por los Pueblos Indígenas contribuye a fomentar el liderazgo, la autosuficiencia y el reconocimiento de sus derechos. Creemos firmemente que un país y una sociedad pueden alcanzar el desarrollo sostenible si se escucha, se dialoga y conversa con los Pueblos Indígenas sobre sus prioridades de desarrollo y la forma como ellos quieren resolver los retos que enfrentan. Trabajamos para que mujeres, hombres, y jóvenes indígenas puedan participar plenamente en espacios de toma de decisiones que permitan alcanzar un desarrollo sostenible e incluyente. En el Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas quiero reiterar nuestro compromiso para garantizar un desarrollo que tome en cuenta la perspectiva de los Pueblos Indígenas para promover sus derechos, definir sus propias prioridades y fomentar su autosuficiencia. Muchas gracias. [ENGLISH] Hi. My name is Anu Rajaraman and I have the honor of being the Director of the Agency of the United States for International Development (USAID) in Guatemala. Through our Strategy for Interaction with Indigenous Peoples, we recognize that working with and for Indigenous Peoples contributes to promoting leadership, self-sufficiency and recognition of Your rights. We firmly believe that a country and a society can achieve sustainable development if we listen, dialogue and talk with Indigenous Peoples about their development priorities and the way they want to solve the challenges they face. We work so that women, indigenous men and youth can fully participate in spaces for taking decisions that allow achieving sustainable and inclusive development. On the International Day of Indigenous Peoples I want to reiterate our commitment to guarantee a development that takes into account the perspective of Indigenous Peoples to promote their rights, define their own priorities and promote their self-sufficiency. Thank you.

Last updated: October 16, 2020

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