Museums & Indigenous People

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007. The Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, over 6% of the world’s population. It establishes the universal framework of minimum standards for the dignity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples. It was drafted by Indigenous Peoples from across the world. ICOM Code of Ethics & ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter; and UNESCO 2015 Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections progress the UNDRIP Declaration ( In this context, two global museum leaders, both former Vice Presidents of ICOM, Paris, will engage on the critical issues addressing the Pandemic, SDGs and Climate Crisis.

Guest: W. Richard West Jr., An eminent lawyer who is the Founding Director Emeritus of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and immediate Past President of the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles.

Host: Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, AnantU, Ahmedabad; Emeritus Faculty at the Australian National University, Canberra; and Chairperson, International Research Network Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Philadelphia, 2022. ( Please send your questions to