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IWGIA: Publication about indigenous peoples and world heritage sites launched

November 17 2014

14 November the publication “World Heritage Sites and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights” was presented at the World Parks Congress in Sydney. At the presentation contributing authors shared some of the experiences recorded in the book.

At the event authors from North America, Australia, and Africa gave an insight into how the World Heritage Convention was impacting on, or being used by, indigenous peoples. The authors highlighted the extent to which respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention is dependent on the political will of national governments.

Recommendations for increasing avenues for participation by indigenous peoples in the procedures of the World Heritage Committee and a range of reforms emphasizing transparency and enhanced participation in the Convention’s processes were made at the event.

The book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world, with some relevant background articles. The case studies explore and document, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage Convention.

Read more about the book through the link to your right.