On December 16, 2010, President Obama announced at the second annual White House Tribal Nations Conference the United States' support for the United Nation's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is intended to protect the rights of native peoples worldwide, affirming their equality and right of self-determination by freely determining their political status and freely pursuing their economic, social and cultural development. The Declaration will also provide broad protections for indigenous lands, spiritual practices, education and language systems. It will set standards to fight discrimination and marginalization and eliminate human rights violations. The United States voted against the Declaration in 2007 and is the last major country to support and sign on.