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August 9 2017
INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY 2017: TERRITORIAL AUTONOMY REMAINS KEY AFTER A CENTURY OF INDIGENOUS DEMANDS AT THE UN

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July 5 2017
We invite you to explore and share the new website of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development.The site aimed at making indigenous peoples more visible in the sustainable development agenda. The IPMG hopes to generate greater awareness, attention and solidarity to the rights, aspirations and contributions of indigenous peoples relating to sustainable development.A vital resource to fuel discussions at the Hugh-Level Political Forum 2017   IWGIA encoura...

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July 3 2017
Next week the 10th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) will take place in Geneva and IWGIA will discuss the impacts of extractive industries on the lives of indigenous peoples in Africa and the Americas.   This year’s session is the first after the revision of EMRIP’s mandate and it is expected to be focused on the dialogue with national human rights institutions. A point on the agenda will be indeed the presentation of its new...

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June 7 2017
Next Friday 9th June our partner ONAMIAP will hold an open debate about their work on access to justice and reparation for the indigenous women victims of forced sterilizations in Peru.

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May 29 2017

“Worrying that so little is done to protect the environment and the indigenous peoples,” says the report.
With detailed field studies from Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda and Namibia, a new report sheds light on the consequences of extractive industries on land rights and indigenous peoples in Africa. “Worrying that so little is done to protect the environment and the indigenous peoples,” says the report.

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May 29 2017

"African states are now strongly encouraged to respect indigenous peoples’ rights," says Julie Koch.
On Friday May 26, Kenya’s Ogiek people won a precedent-setting case on land rights and their rights as indigenous people at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. “A turning point for indigenous peoples in Africa,” says IWGIA’s Executive Director Julie Koch.

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May 11 2017
Do you want to know how the Global Goals can work for indigenous peoples? Then join our event in Copenhagen Monday 15 May.  

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May 8 2017
At IWGIA we are happy to have once more participated at the United Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and supported the attendance of many of our partners. We believe this is a unique space to build cross-border partnerships and advance demands from the ground. This time, we brought four relevant side events to fuel the discussion on the implementation of the UNDRIP in the year of its 10th anniversary. We are also very proud to have supported the first ever Indigenous Media Zone led by indigenous women at the United Nations. After an intense two-week session, we bring you the highlights of the #UNPFII16.

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May 4 2017
Tomorrow we are bringing a relevant issue on access to justice and redress to the 16th session of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with our partners ONAMIAP and FIMI: sterilisation of indigenous women in Peru. During the side event, the President of ONAMIAP Ketty Marcelo López will brief the participants about the cases and present a sneak peek of a new documentary on the issue produced by IWGIA.A relevant debate on indigenous women’s rights From 1996 to...

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April 28 2017
Pamela Leiva Jacquelín / IWGIA
The 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues brought more than 1,000 indigenous representatives from all over the world and also a new achievement for indigenous peoples: the first ever indigenous media zone.

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April 26 2017
We launched the 30th Special Edition of our Yearbook “The Indigenous World 2017” at the United Nations Permanent Forum in New York.

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April 25 2017
Despite significant progress on global and regional level, indigenous peoples are left behind when it comes to recognition and protection of their right to land, territories and natural resources. This is the main conclusion of IWGIA’s 30th edition of the annual global report on indigenous peoples.

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April 24 2017

Find your way around the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues takes place in New York from April 24 to May 5. Take a look at our programme here:

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March 31 2017

"Indigenous peoples show an immense strength in the fight for their rights," says Julie Koch, new Director for IWGIA from May. Photo: Anette Sønderby
Julie Koch is appointed new director for IWGIA from May 2017. She brings knowledge of indigenous peoples and 15 years of experience in international development.

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March 30 2017

Violent fights between the government and the rebellion group New People’s Army take place in the mountain region of the Tingguians. Photo: Signe Leth
During violent intrastate conflicts, indigenous peoples risk getting caught in the middle. In the North Philippines, the indigenous populations are at grave risk, as conflicts between the army and rebellion troops raze their areas and villages.

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March 23 2017
Henriette Rasmussen, former Minister of Culture in Greenland, has passed away. Henriette Ramussen was a strong defender of indigenous peoples' rights and paved the way for the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples.

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March 13 2017

Laila Susanne Vars from Norway's National Institute for Human Rights has joined IWGIA's board.
Laila Susanne Vars from Norway’s National Human Rights Institution joins IWGIA’s Board as the first institutional member. The aim of including institutional members is to strengthen knowledge sharing and cooperation opportunities.

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February 22 2017
Just months after receiving the news of the death of Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen, we now receive the sad news of the death of Dr. Erica-Irene Daes in Athens, Greece, at the age of 91. At IWGIA we would like to express our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.

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February 20 2017

“There’s a kind of warfare going on there,” said Johannes Rohr after his visit to Standing Rock. Photo: Johannes Rohr
Tear gas, water cannons, sound cannons, attack dogs, chemical sprays and rubber bullets. The multitude of "non-lethal weapons" that have been used against the protestors at Standing Rock was a shock to IWGIA’s Johannes Rohr, who visited Standing Rock in January.

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February 15 2017

Wrays Perez and Shapiom Noningo at Autonomy Seminar 2016 in Bolivia.
In January 2017, the first indigenous local government took office in the Chaco region in Bolivia. This is a result of indigenous peoples’ increasing political demand for territorial self-governance in Latin America.

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February 15 2017
In Bangladesh and India, indigenous communities are protesting against governments’ plans to expropriate their land. In 2016 several people were killed during protests.

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February 15 2017
In the Ngorongoro district of Tanzania, indigenous women are getting organised. They don’t want to be kept out of decision-making processes - they want to be heard and respected.

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February 6 2017

One of the houses demolished in Jharkhand, India.
47 houses owned by the Adivasis have been razed in another attempt from the Jharkhand Forest Department, local police and the so-called forest mafia to evict the Adivasis from their land. Over 200 Adivasi villagers have been directly affected by the violent attempts to overtake the land and natural resources. To support the Adivasis and raise attention to the land rights violations, IWGIA has shared an urgent alert with relevant authorities and embassies in India. Here IWGIA calls on...

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January 25 2017
The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is seeking an Executive Director to take up appointment as soon as possible, and invites applications from suitably qualified candidates.

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January 25 2017
A new IWGIA board has been constituted, while an interim management team takes over the leadership of the secretariat due to Elsebeth Krogh’s resignation as director.

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